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Joel Babb
Am. b. 1941 
 
 
Joel Babb is an exceptional contemporary realistic painter with numerous ties to Maine. A graduate of Princeton University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he had his first solo show at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and a subsequent show at the Ogunquit Museum of Art.  HIs monumental work, Copley Plunge, which is shown below, was exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art and has now been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  He frequently paints the coast of Maine, Boston aerial cityscapes and Italy.   
 
His work was the subject of a 2012 book, "Nature and Culture: The Art of Joel Babb" by Carl Little, introduction by Chris Crossman, contributions by Anita Shreve and Bernd Heinrich. University Press of New England. (hereinafter "The Art of Joel Babb").  The following two quotations illustrate the quality of his work.  "With his images of Boston, Babb takes his place alongside his contemporaries Richard Estes, Rackstraw Downes, and a handful of other as one of the foremost city painters of his time." - Carl Little.  Michael Culver, Director of the Naples Museum of Art - ". . .his large, meticulously rendered scenes evoke a silence, grandeur and spirituality in the manner of great American landscapists such as Albert Bierstadt and Asher B. Durand."
 
Please contact us about purchasing one of these spectacular works.
  
 
 
 
In the Greenwoods
50.25 x 54 in.
Oil on linen
signed "J.M. Babb, 2015" l.l.
 
Provenance
a southern Maine collection
 
$50,000
 
 
 
 
  
Study for Toll Dam
2001
15 x 20 in.
Oil on panel
signed "J.M. Babb" l.l.
 
Provenance
a southern Maine collector
 
Illustrated:
Catalogue for "Intimate Wilderness: Maine Landscapes by Joel Babb"
 
SOLD
 
 
 
  
  
Copley Plunge
80 x 62 in.
Oil on linen
signed "J.M. Babb, 1990" l.r.
 
Provenance
a southern Maine collector
 
This painting has been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commonwealth Ave.
22 x 66 in.
Oil on linen
signed "J.M. Babb" l.r.
 
Provenance
a southern Maine collector
 
$62,000
 
 
 
Rome
14.5 x 23.5 in.
Oil on board
signed "Joel Babb" l.l.
 
Provenance
a Falmouth, Maine collector