The exhibit will feature 21 works from the Arkell Museum, as well as one on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and one from an unidentified private collector. Many of the paintings were acquired by Bartlett Arkell, the founder of Beech-Nut Packing Co.
The exhibit, which will move to the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie in September, was organized with the assistance of a $74,000 grant from the state Regional Economic Develoment Council, funding that was awarded based on the program’s potential to propel tourism.
That funding is also being used to produce an accompanying catalog that D’Ambrosio said will provide new information on Homer.
An examination of his works at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in Massachusetts found inscriptions, marks and brush strokes that D’Ambrosio said will encourage Homer’s admirers to look at him in a new way. The catalog, which will provide the history of each work, will be available when the exhibit opens at the Fenimore.