18 5/8 in. x 22 1/2 in.
Mary Roberts Ebert,
(February 8, 1873–October 17, 1956)
Work on Paper
Medium and Support:
watercolor on paper
Florence Griswold Museum; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Bartels
Lyme Art Colony painter Mary Roberts Ebert studied at the Art Students League and took summer classes in Greenwich, Connecticut, under the Impressionist John Henry Twachtman. There, she met fellow student Charles Ebert, whom she married in 1903. Beginning in 1909, the couple summered on the island of Monhegan in Maine, where Mary Ebert painted this watercolor. The dramatic light on Monhegan—a rock surround by water—provided Ebert with opportunities to exploit the properties of watercolor, her preferred medium. Rather than stressing the rugged character and stark light effects that appealed to other artists who visited the island, she conjures the freshness of a summer morning by tinting the rocks and buildings with violet to smooth the contrast between light and dark.