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Herman Maril-The Strong Forms of our Experience


  • Cahoon Museum of American Art 4676 Falmouth Road Cotuit, MA, 02635 United States (map)

This exhibition of nearly 90 artworks, on loan from the Maril Foundation, provides a comprehensive display by the 20th Century modernist artist Herman Maril (1908-1986) and includes works executed from 1929 – 1985. Although Maril’s oil paintings are widely known, he also mastered virtually all drawing media, including watercolor, gouache, artist crayon, pencil, ink, and ball point pen, samples of which are the focus of this exhibition.   A lifelong artist, Maril was a teacher of studio art at the University of Maryland and summered in Provincetown, MA where he worked daily in his studio. The exhibition includes many of his sketches and watercolors of fisherman, docks, and beaches from that time. Maril’s artworks are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. A four-color catalog prepared by Dr. Ann Prentice Wagner, Curator of Drawings at the Arkansas Art Center, accompanies the show. For those visiting the museum who would like to learn more about Maril, a reading area is available with historic catalogs and books.