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Michael Torlen

Luise Ross Gallery

These landscapes were inspired by the yearly summer visits Michael Torlen makes to the Mount Desert Island area along the Maine coastline. In seeking to capture the special charms of this region, he joins the ranks of illustrious American artists who also “did” Maine, among them Winslow Homer, John Marin, and Marsden Hartley. Torlen, however, follows a fiercely independent course. The style he employs in this group of oils, watercolors, and monoprints is far more realistic than that used in his “Revelations” and “Genesis” series of 1984–85. While those landscapes were conceived almost entirely from the imagination, the Maine landscapes have their starting point in observation, in what the artist sees and remembers. Using a method combining on-the-spot sketches, drawing from memory, and in some cases photos as an aid, Torlen captures the transcendental essence of these vistas.

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