Cover of ‘James Fitzgerald: The Watercolors, Volume II Catalogue Raisonne,’ which was released July 5.
MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine — James Fitzgerald: The Watercolors, Volume II Catalogue Raisonne, released on Tuesday, July 5, is an in-depth study of painter James Fitzgerald’s creative output in watercolor from his early days in Boston to his final journey to Ireland. In the interim, Fitzgerald lived in California, where he garnered considerable critical acclaim before settling on Monhegan Island, Maine, where he gradually withdrew from the commercial art world. Maintaining that self-promotion only served as a distraction, he focused his energies solely on painting, following a philosophical approach based on Eastern thought. Immersed in nature, Fitzgerald created artwork that sought to capture what he called the “spirit and beauty” of his wide range of subjects. More than 400 full-color reproductions are featured in this volume, including work created on travels to New Mexico, Vermont, Tennessee, Katahdin in northern Maine, Alaska, Nova Scotia and Ireland. The hardcover publication is priced at $70.