Vincent Hartgen’s Maine Legacy

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Variations on a Birch Bark Theme, 1997, by Vincent Hartgen, UMMA, Bangor

Variations on a Birch Bark Theme, 1997, by Vincent Hartgen, UMMA, Bangor

Spray Crescendo Schoodic, 1952, by Vincent Hartgen, UMO Art Dept.

Spray Crescendo Schoodic, 1952, by Vincent Hartgen, UMO Art Dept.

Vincent Hartgen, 1969

Vincent Hartgen, 1969

Vincent Andrew Hartgen: His Art and Legacy (Wildflower Lane Publishing, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2008. $55 softcover) is an affectionate and appreciative attempt by the artist’s sons David and Stephen along with Maine art critic Carl Little to document the life’s work of one of the icons of Maine art. Vincent Hartgen (1914-2002) was a fine watercolorist, a popular teacher at the University of Maine in Orono, and the founder of the University of Maine Museum of Art

In 2006, the Hartgen brothers published their mother’s memoir of the artistic life, A Maine Passage by Frances Caroline Hartgen, but this ambitious new family publishing venture is a 258-page survey and catalogue raisonn

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  • Hi Ed, I enjoyed browsing the links you included in this article.
    There’s something about Maine that’s irresistible.
    Mary

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  • Mary, Maine is where New York goes in the summer. They come for the landscape and stay for the life style. Ed

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  • Nice to see this. Prof. Hartgen was my very first art history teacher, 8:00 a.m. fall semester in 1982. Going to his class was like going to church; I’ll never forget his enthusiasm. Many years later I understand why the Venus of Willendorf and Lascaux inspired him to get up on his toes! Thanks.

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