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Divine Pursuit: The Spiritual Journeys of Achsah and Earl Brewster And Their Circle    Dec 15, 2007 - Feb 2, 2008

Tamile Mother
Achsah Barlow Brewster
Tamile Mother, circa 1922
 
Boat with Greenish Water and Mountains
Earl H Brewster
Boat with Greenish Water and Mountains
 
 
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Opening reception: Saturday, December 15, 3-5 pm

ACA Galleries is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Achsah Barlow Brewster (1878- 1945) and Earl Henry Brewster (1878 – 1957) along with their teachers Kenyon Cox, Frank Vincent Dumond, Walter A. Clark, Arthur Wesley Dow, William Merritt Chase, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Robert Henri and friends Elihu Vedder and Samuel Colman.

Achsah and Earl studied at the Art Students League and the New York School of Art at the turn of the century. They married in 1910 and two days later sailed for Sicily. They spent the rest of their lives living abroad and traveling throughout Europe, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India. In 1935 they permanently settled in India near Almora in the outer Himalayas where they lived for the remainder of their lives.

Throughout the years they befriended some of the most important figures of 20th Century including acclaimed American artist Elihu Vedder, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of post-colonial India, the authors Willa Cather, Aldous Huxley and D.H. Lawrence. The Brewsters were especially close to Lawrence and published a book of their correspondence in 1934.

Their paintings depict the places they saw and their ongoing search for spirituality through Christian, Buddhist and Hindu iconography.

Their life-long study of religion and philosophy began in 1897 with Earl’s interest in theosophy. In 1915 he started memorizing the Abhidammata Sangaba, a compilation of Buddhist philosophical doctrines. Achsah was also a student of Buddhism. While visiting Ceylon in 1921-22 Earl studied Pali at a Buddhist monastery which formed the basis of his many translations and articles on the subject.

This exhibition also features a selection of works by the Brewsters’ teachers from the Art Students League and the New York School of Art including Kenyon Cox, Frank Vincent Dumond, Walter A. Clark, Arthur Wesley Dow, William Merritt Chase, Kenneth Hayes Miller and Robert Henri as well as Elihu Vedder and Samuel Colman whom they became friends with during their journeys abroad.

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