August 7 – October 14, 2023
Emily Muir (1904–2003): Soirée
In Soirée the adventurous Emily Muir (1904–2003) takes us on a fantastical journey from an elegant evening soirée to roasting marshmallows by an ocean side campfire to flying with wild horses. This selection from the Muir estate offers the chance to mingle with her fertile imagination.
“In a room full of canvases, a single painting speaks to you. Never mind that the artist died a hundred years ago. You have shared a moment with a friend. Art can be a lonely business, but it is enduring.” — Emily Muir, The Time of My Life
Emily Muir was an American painter, architect, conservationist, and philanthropist, who spent most of her long life in Stonington, Maine. Here Emily and her husband William Muir, a nationally known sculptor, dedicated their lives to making art.
Emily explored many styles and materials, and created her own fascinating hybrid of style. She had her own take on cubism, for instance, where space, light, and color are employed to present faceted scenes of lobstermen and their boats, and the seas upon which they toil. In addition to scenes from her adopted home state, for which she was best known, Emily painted portraits, florals, musicians, and the people and landscapes from her many travels. Emily also published two books, Small Potatoes (1940) and The Time of My Life (2002), her autobiography. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Fine Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art.
Emily Muir led a full and loving life. She and her husband William Muir left Maine with a rich legacy of art. Courthouse Gallery is pleased to continue to bring the artworks from the Muir Estate to the public and their many longtime collectors. Read More on Emily Muir.