Tuesday, April 15, 2014

American Artist Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872-1930)


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) The Coral Necklace

Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) arrived in New York City in 1894 at the age of 22 & enrolled in the Art Students League as a night student, while working days to support his dream of becoming a painter. Hawthorne began studying under American impressionist William Merritt Chase in 1896.


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Daffodils

After a brief stint as Chase's assistant, Hawthorne traveled to Holland in 1898, where he was influenced by the tonal style of Franz Hals. That year abroad inspired Hawthorne to return to the United States & open his own school, The Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he taught for 30 years.


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Early Spring

Hawthorne was content with a simple life of painting & he was devoted to a friendly style of teaching which attracted students to his school in the small fishing village of Provincetown.

Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Girl with Pan

Students learned from Hawthorne not only how to paint but also how "to see & feel their subjects." He would often tell his pupils, "Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision -- it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so."

Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Girl with Red Rose

The study of the figure, reflected in the harsh, brutal realistic paintings of Portuguese fishing families along the Cape, was his first love. In his figures, he was noted for the placement of the head & the gaze emanating from his subjects.


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Girl with Vase


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Little Dora

Hawthorne’s student at The Cape Cod School of Art Stephen Gilman wrote, "We came to Provincetown conceited, hoping to get a finishing course, & were literally dragged back to consider matters so elementary & so fundamental we had all forgotten the little we ever knew of them."

Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Mrs Woodruf 1924

"This deliberate insistence of fundamentals was the thing that marked Charles Hawthorne as a great teacher," Gilman continued. "A lesser man would have been tempted to show off. A lesser man would have succumbed to the questions about trifling things. A lesser man would have wandered into verbal bypaths. But he was strong because of his simplicity. He was strong because he had the courage to repeat over & over again his fundamental concept of art, knowing full well that should his hearers once understanding his meaning, they would never be able to forget it."

Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Spring

Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) The Trousseau

Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) The Captain's Wife 1924


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) The Fisherman's Daughter


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Annette


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Fisherman and His Daughter


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Fisherman's Daughter


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Mayme Noons


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Mother and Child


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Motherhood Triumphant


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) The Bath Emelyn Nickerson with Baby


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) The Family


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) The Lovers


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Young Girl


Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872 - 1930) Three Women of Provincetown


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