|From Rockland to Port Clyde (3)|
Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is the museum in Maine which has the largest collection of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings, and they are shown in the museum as well as in the Wyeth Centre and the Wyeth study Centre together with work of N. C. Wyeth and James Wyeth.
Rockland is also the location where the dry brush called The Slip is made. It shows a Coast Guard sail boat on a slip, in front of sail loft, and it is painted in 1958. It is not to be expected that this sail loft exists today, but perhaps I found the building close to the Granit Inn in the harbour.
If we drive towards Thomaston and turn left at route 131 the Finnish Congregational Church will be located on the left side. This church with the characteristic tower is the motive for several paintings as Cowbirds, Finn Town and The Roofer.
Further down the road close to Willy’s
Corner is another church where the dry brush Perpetual Care
was made. Obviously a churchyard does not undergo many changes, so it was
easy to find the exact location from which Andrew Wyeth has made the
painting. He must have been sitting on the ground to obtain the perspective
shown in the painting. The painting shows the building in a realistic way
with the elimination of only a few windows. A handicap entrance is added to
the church after the watercolour has been made in 1961.
That evening I had the experience to be seated at Christina’s kitchen table from the Olson House, because the brother of the caretaker bought the table at an auction after Christina and Alvaro have passed away.
If we continue down Turkey Road at the east side of the peninsula towards port Clyde we will pass the location of Line of Fire, Backwater, Rose Hips and Hunter’s Ledge.
The scene for Sea Anchor is probably seen on the road towards Martinsville.
In Port Clyde it is easy to spot Around the Corner, especially because the owner seems to keep the flowers as they were arranged in Andrew Wyeth’s painting. Also the church door Church at the Port is easy to find.
Marshall Point Light is the lighthouse close to Port Clyde. Andrew Wyeth has made several paintings at this location as Marshall Point Light, Fog Bell, Life Boat Shed, Cut Granite and Wash House. Many of the buildings at the location are removed today, but they can be seen on an old photo of Marshall Point light.
By the way, the wooden bridge to the lighthouse was the eastern designation of Forrest Gump’s cross country jogging in the film “Forrest Gump”.