American Art Colonies, 1850-1930: A Historical Guide to America's Original Art Colonies and Their Artists

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Chapter 6
Gloucester-Rockport Art Colony

By the turn of the century, Gloucester and its environs was a magnet for painters to sojourn in the summer, not only from Boston but also well beyond.

William H. Gerdts

Located on the leeward side of Cape Ann, the granite hook that forms the northernmost boundary of Massachusetts Bay, Gloucester maintained a rural charm distinct from the rapid industrial growth occurring [in the 1870s] in the rest of New England.

D. Scott Atkinson

Harbours and shipping seem always to have held a vague fascination for the painter who enjoyed the pictorial suggestiveness of houses, wharves, water and their infinite possibilities for artistic arrangement. The hills of East Gloucester, looking down on the harbour, likewise give the painter splendid themes for spotting, spacing and that variety of form which is so necessary to design.

Eliot Clark

Cape Ann is an explorer's paradise. Gloucester is a rugged fishing port, its waterfront crowded with work boats and seafood restaurants. In nearby Rockport, a fishing village turned art colony, you'll find galleries, crafts shops and a chamber music series. The town's enduring symbol is Motif #1, a fisheman's shack that has been the subject of countless artists' work.

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Gloucester, a historic fishing port on Cape Ann on the North Shore of Massachusetts, became a popular summer destination for artists beginning in the 1870s. However, before that, Gloucester-born marine artist * Fitz Hugh Lane had begun depicting the area in oil paintings in the late 1840s. As noted by

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Notes 1
  • Chapter 2 Cornish Art Colony 11
  • Notes 17
  • Chapter 3 Cos Cob Art Colony 19
  • Notes 23
  • Chapter 4 Cragsmoor Art Colony 25
  • Notes 28
  • Chapter 5 East Hampton Art Colony 31
  • Notes 36
  • Chapter 6 Gloucester-Rockport Art Colony 37
  • Chapter 7 Laguna Beach Art Colony 43
  • Notes 46
  • Chapter 8 Lawrence Park Art Colony 49
  • Notes 53
  • Chapter 9 New Hope Art Colony 55
  • Notes 61
  • Chapter 10 North Conway Art Colony 63
  • Notes 69
  • Chapter 11 Old Lyme Art Colony 71
  • Notes 80
  • Chapter 12 Provincetown Art Colony 83
  • Chapter 13 Santa Barbara Art Colony 93
  • Notes 96
  • Chapter 14 Santa Fe Art Colony 97
  • Chapter 15 Taos Art Colony 109
  • Chapter 16 Woodstock Art Colony 123
  • Notes 128
  • Bibliography 129
  • Index 139
  • About the Author 161
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