A Look At Maritime Art on Boston's North ShoreCollecting paintings has been something of a phenomenon along the North Shore of Boston for a couple centuries now. Starting in the mid 19th C. artists found the light and coastline a natural environment for putting color to canvas. Eventually numerous highly skilled painters were setting up easels on rocky out croppings and beaches from Nahant to Long Beach in Gloucester capturing the light and movement of large ships, small sailboats and fishing boats.
|Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor|
John Wilmerding Collection, National Gallery of Art,
Today many works by these artists are in Washington DC as part of the permanent collection of The National Gallery of Art. They are national treasures in the truest sense.
|"Dads Home Coming" Winslow Homer|
National Gallery of Art Washington DC
|Edward Hopper, Gloucester Harbor|
While many of the artists who worked on Cape Ann and all along the North Shore went on to other places during their careers, the work they did here established those careers and honed their skills forever changing the American art world. At the same time the Impressionists working in France in the late 19th C. where Monet, Pissaro, Sisley and many others worked also changing the way art is viewed. The late 19th and early 20th C. was a catalyst for change for painters on both sides of the Atlantic. Today the popularity of Maritime art on Boston's North Shore is as strong as it has ever been.
|Fishing Boats at Gloucester, by John Twatchman|
In addition to the many institutions housing these great paintings, many also remain in private hands are freely made available for exhibitions, mostly (for obvious reasons) on an anonymous basis when a request is made.
If you plan on being on the North Shore in the near future or you find yourself in the area for a day with a little time on your hands, make an effort to visit these two institutions.
Be sure to visit the amazing FREE FREE online site "The Atheneum" and have a look at around. Their are over 90 Fitz Hugh Lane Paintings and works by Edward Hopper, plus thousands more. You can also search this amazing site to your hearts content. Free sites of this type are EXTREMELY rare..most charge a small fortune each month for access to just images. Time to go sailing!
Feel free to email or call with any questions about your own paintings, drawings or Cape Ann School sculptures
Thank you for visiting ~ Peter Combs
Gloucester, MA 978-283-3524