The Osterville Village Library is honored and thrilled to be hosting the most exquisite collection of 19th and 20th century maritime art.
In the 1980’s Dr. Dunn and his wife Eleanor encountered a painting at the Peabody Essex Museum that would change his life. It was a classic 19th century sailing ship. He remembers feeling not only how beautiful it was, but also how it transported him back in time and geography. This encounter ignited the Dunn’s passion to collect maritime art.
Until now, their impressive collection has been a personal passion, shared with friends, families and through their businesses, New England Fine Art and Freeman’s Reach Fine Art.
“The goal is not only to display a representative series of mainly 19th century marine paintings, along with some pieces from the 20th century, but also through carefully researched descriptions, point out their historical and geographic connections,” said Dunn. “These are features that transform marine art from pretty paintings to actual historical documents.”
This year and last, however, Dunn has collaborated with curators at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and the Osterville Village Library to share a spectrum of his marine art throughout the season.
The exhibition, The Lure and Lore of Marine Art, is composed of selected works from the Dunns’ impressive collection and will be on display in Osterville through September.
Dr. Dunn, “I have treasured these paintings for years and always had a loose plan for how they could be curated into a collection for the public. I saw them as much more than paintings. I envisioned them as a journey capturing New England’s history, literature and geography.”
“Besides the beauty of the art and the stories, we love that Dr. Dunn enjoys connecting an individual painting to classic literature” Cyndy Cotton Executive Director at Osterville Village Library. “Dr. Dunn will be speaking at the library on May 30th at 5:00pm about his collection and again in August. “