Modern art exhibit at Maine’s Portland Museum of Art

Paul Gauguin’s “The Seed of the Areoi” (1892).
Paul Gauguin’s “The Seed of the Areoi” (1892).

PORTLAND — Fans of modern art will have a rare opportunity this spring and summer to see a significant collection of modernist works at the Portland Museum of Art. “The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism,” which runs May 2-Sept. 8, showcases 62 works from the William S. Paley Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Paley (1901-90), the president and chairman of the board at CBS for decades, began to collect art in the 1930s. With his penchant for new technologies in business, he was especially drawn to modern art. He filled his homes with works by Matisse, Picasso, Bacon, Braque, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others. Highlights of the exhibition will include Picasso’s “Boy Leading a Horse” (1905–06), André Derain’s “Bridge Over the Riou” (1906), and Gauguin’s “The Seed of the Areoi” (1892).

The Portland museum is the only New England venue for the collection’s 2012–14 North American tour. Adults $12, seniors, students $10, ages 13 to 17 $6, 12 and under free. 7 Congress Square, 207-775-6148,

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