Charles Webster Hawthorne (American, 1872-1930)
Signed "CWHawthorne" l.l., identified on exhibition labels (see below) affixed to
Oil on canvas, 40 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (102.9 x 74.9 cm), framed.
Condition: Strip-lined, retouch, mild surface grime.
Exhibitions: "Hawthorne Retrospective," Chrysler Art Museum of Provincetown, June 16-September 17, 1961; "Charles W. Hawthorne (1872-1930, Oils and Watercolors," Provincetown Art Association and Museum, September 24-November 21, 1999.
N.B. In 1894, Charles Webster Hawthorne moved to Long Island, New York, to study with leading American Impressionist painter William Merritt Chase.
There he began painting en plein-air and he soon became Chase¹s assistant.
By 1898, Hawthorne established the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts. A dedicated and passionate teacher, he used the school to promote the style and technique he learned from Chase, which included the use of rich tones from the Munich School and luminous colors of plein-air Impressionism. During this time, Hawthorne¹s style developed as he ³experimented with technique, light, and color, and built upon a structural solidity that reflected the rugged and hardy natures of his subjects, the fishing people of Cape Cod.²1
Hawthorne traveled to Italy in 1906 where he was exposed to works by Renaissance masters, and admired their ³use of highly simplified outlines, broad, flat planes of slightly modulated color, and the noble calm that cloaked their humanity.²2 This influence can be seen in the present work, which reflects his ability to instill in his subjects ³a quiet dignity that reaffirms the beauty and glory of human experience.²3
(1) Gibbons, Kathleen, Butler Museum of Art, www.butlerart.com