Abraham J. Bogdanove (1886-1946) Monhegan Summers
Essays: Lisa Peters and William Gerdts
Publisher/Date: Spanierman Gallery (c. 2001) Published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New paperback book in Fine condition. 64 pages, chronology, index. Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrated with 46 full page color paintings.
Description: Abraham J. Bogdanove (1886-1946) was an artist, mural painter, and teacher best known for his seascape paintings of the Maine coast, particularly around Monhegan Island. He was a native of Minsk, Russia and immigrated to New York City with his family in 1900. This exhibition catalogue contains 46 of Bogdanove's vivid color paintings and two essays.
Bogdanove first visited Maine in 1915, summering at Mount Desert Island, and in 1918 he visited Monhegan Island, purchasing a house there in 1920; thereon he visited Monhegan every year until his death in 1946, becoming an established presence on the island and producing a series of landscapes and seascapes that would constitute the largest part of his painting. For his interest in the powerful dramatic effects of weather on the ocean and land, rather than geographically specific depictions, Bogdanove has been characterized as an heir to Winslow Homer. Of his work on Monhegan, described as "rugged, colorful, and forceful", Bogdanove said in an interview in 1936,
"There are a number of reasons why I prefer Monhegan to all other places on the Atlantic coast.... The cliffs are so bold and precipitous and the studies offered by the island shore so inexhaustible. The climate suits me. Perhaps [it is] because it is more like that of Russia, where my ancestors lived."
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