"Saco Bay" by Winslow Homer (1896). Oil on canvas.
If any painter has captured the rugged beauty of Maine's coast - the thrilling play of water and light against rock - it has to be Winslow Homer (1836-1910). "He's a realist and he's a naturalist," said Mark Bessiere, director of the Portland Museum of Art. "He's interested in telling you about the power of nature in a single wave. He wants you to feel the spray, be in that painting itself."
Credit: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass.