(Right - Detail of "Monhegan Rocks" by Joseph DeMartini)
Joseph DeMartini first visited Monhegan Island around 1946 and came to paint there regularly thereafter. He painted the island's rugged coast and its shipwrecks (including the 1949 wreck of the St. Christopher in Squeaker Cove) as well as interiors, a wonderful example of which is on the right. He was born in Alabama and moved to New York City to study with Leon Kroll and Ivan Olinsky at the National Academy of Art. DeMartini was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1951 and his work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Phillips Collection.
View from Weehawken
7.5 x 10.5 in. Oil on hardboard signed "Joseph DeMartini" l.r. Provenance a Maine collector $3,500
Monhegan Fish Shack Interior 10.5 x 11.5 in. Oil on Canvas signed "Joseph DeMartini" l.r. Provenance Prominent Maine art gallery a N. Carolina collector $4,500