This spring, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents, A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection. For almost half a century, Carolyn and Peter Lynch shared an extraordinary life together, traveling widely and exploring American art and culture. Their intellectual curiosity and love of people, nature and the places they chose to call home were the primary catalysts for their passionate collecting. The couple were active participants in the groundswell of interest in collecting American art that followed the bicentennial in 1976 and assembled a diversified collection of American paintings, sculpture, furniture, and decorative art spanning three centuries.
Their broad-ranging collection includes spectacular, classical furniture from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia; works by American Impressionist masters, Childe Hassam and Frederick Carl Frieseke; modern furniture master, Sam Maloof; Massachusetts folk painter, J.O.J. Frost; and pioneering landscape painter, Martin Johnson Heade. Also included are works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent. By embracing an organic approach to collecting and by freely integrating multiple subjects, time frames, and media, the Lynches created lively conversations about artistic creativity, regional styles and evolving traditions in America.
A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection is on view at PEM from May 11 through December 1, 2019.