Emily Muir and William Muir
The Land of Enchantment
While darkness comes early in Maine during November, usually around 4pm, the people in New Mexico and Arizona are fortunate to enjoy more sun and an immense expanse of brilliant blue skies. Under which sit breathtaking vistas of mountains.
The lure of this enchanted landscape has long fascinated painters like Georgia O’Keeffe, and others, including Maine’s own Emily Muir (1904–2003) and William Muir (1902–1964). This November and December, we are pleased to present a wonderful collection of pastels and watercolors by both Muirs of New Mexico, Arizona, and the American west. The artworks come directly from the Muir estate and include a certificate of authenticity from Courthouse Gallery. Many of the paintings are signed and several are dated—a rarity as Emily seldom dated her artworks.
During their many travels, Emily and Bill often painted the same scene, and this show includes two fine examples: Mesa II by Emily Muir, and Mesa I by William Muir; and Western Valley by Emily Muir, and Western Mountain River by William Muir. One can imagine the couple sitting side-by-side at their easels, painting en plein air, and commenting on each other’s endeavors.
These colorful paintings of mesas, valleys, canyons, red cliffs, and the Laguna Pueblo can brighten even the darkest days. What a wonderful gift this holiday season. This unique collection of western art is an important part of the Muir legacy. We hope you enjoy Emily and William Muirs’ endearing tribute to the enchanted landscape of the American west!