Connecticut Art Museums
The museum’s pièce de résistance is the wildly colorful Whirls and Twirls, a geometric acrylic by Hartford native Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), enlivening the interior’s grand marble staircase. Although some visitors may find the artist’s bold, bright embellishment of these hallowed halls startling, even subversive, it is, in fact, a perfect marriage of abstract formalism with the architectural formality of Hartford’s public art palace.
This being genteel Connecticut, however, it’s always possible to retreat into the reassuring past. American Impressionism is loved because it’s so purely sensual and sincere. To return sentimentally to Old Lyme, simply seek out Willard Metcalf’s 1915 The Breath of Autumn, a lovely landscape confection painted in Waterford, not all that far from Miss Florence’s boardinghouse.
For a trip that combines an inn or hotel with a museum visit, see these 5 Art Trail travel packages.