GROTON — Sitting behind the reference counter at the Groton Public Library, Ann Wilson lifted her eyes once in a while toward the painting of a mother and two sons spending quiet time in what appears to be a living room.
The intimate family moment and the gentle smiles depicted in the painting, Margery, Edmund and Daniel, warm her heart whenever she looks at them, said Wilson, the library’s adult-programming coordinator. It’s a feeling that those hurrying by the wall may never understand. But some library patrons stop and ponder.
A few exclaim: “Do you know how valuable this is?”
“Yes, I know,” Owen Shuman used to tell them before retiring as the library’s director last year.
The painting is by famed Impressionist Edmund Tarbell.
He taught at the