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The Strange Beauty of Linden Frederick’s Maine

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Linden Frederick, Grange, 1996, Oil on linen, 22 x 22 in.
Collection of Mary Herman and Angus King

Linden Frederick, Grange, 1996, Oil on linen, 22 x 22 in.
Collection of Mary Herman and Angus King

Linden Frederick, Fonda Fair, 2004, Oil on linen, 30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York

Linden Frederick, Fonda Fair, 2004, Oil on linen, 30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York

Linden Frederick, Halloween, 1994, Oil  on canvas, 40 x 40 in.
Collection of Betsy and Edward Cohen

Linden Frederick, Halloween, 1994, Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 in.
Collection of Betsy and Edward Cohen

In the 20th century, skillful, exacting imitation of appearances tended to fall from artistic grace as photography displaced painting as the medium of likeness. Henri Matisse, in helping to liberate painting from a mere description of reality, is famous for having said, “L’exactitude n’est pas la v

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