Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Frederick Mulhaupt harbors and landscape views Known for his skillful depictions of the landscape and seascapes of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, He was very much a part of that region's art community in the early part of the 20th century. His paintings, especially the working harbor scenes, captured the essence of the area, which was already a favorite spot of famous painters such as Winslow Homer and Fitz Hugh Lane. He was born and raised in Rock Port, Missouri by prosperous German parents, and he had an early job as manager of a newspaper and magazine in Dodge City, Kansas but found it too lawless so he moved to Kansas City. There he apprenticed to an itinerant painter, enrolled at the Kansas City School of Design, and then at the Art Institute of Chicago. He earned much respect as an artist, and in 1895 was one of the founding members of the Palette and Chisel Club. He stayed in Chicago for many years, eventually becoming an instructor in figure classes at the Art Institute.
(Gratz gallery at gratzgallery.com)
Rather than training in Munich like so many German painters from America, Mulhaupt studied in Paris and exhibited paintings at the National Academy of Moret, France and St. Ives (Cornwall), England. When he returned from Europe, his address was at the Salmagundi Club in NYC (winters). He began summering in Cape Ann around 1900, exhibited in 1917 at the Gallery-on-the-Moors in Gloucester (which became the North Shore AA in 1922) and in that same year Mulhaupt settled in Gloucester and focused on painting its harbors and landscape views. Known to have a reclusive personality, Mulhaupt kept to himself and seriously painted but he did not like to socialize. However, he did marry Agnes Leone Kingsley (a teacher) in 1921 and they had a son Frederick (1922). His major studio was as close to the ocean as it could be, located on pilings in Gloucester Harbor on Rocky Neck and to the studio students flocked.
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Disaster at Sea, 1915
From vareikafinearts.com

Summer, Gloucester Harbor
From cgfa.acropolisinc.com

SchoonerImperator We
From artmight.com

From clarkegalleries.com

From clarkegalleries.com

Autumn Landscape with Stream
From clarkegalleries.com

Winter near Gloucester, Massachusetts
From amtfineart.com

Winter Harbor
From steveartgallery.se

Choate Bridge, winter
From static.panoramio.com

The bustling harbor of Gloucester became the focus of many of Mulhaupt's paintings, and some of the most evocative are sun-lit winter afternoon scenes of working fishing boats tied to the Italian Wharf, while other vessels are ice-bound. The color burnt sienna appears in many of his paintings, but it is contrasted with subtle hues of white to great effect. And in his compositions, Mulhaupt often relied on foreshortening as he added visible brushstrokes to the canvas.
(Mc Dougall FINE ARTS, LLC at mcdougallfinearts.com)
Mulhaupt was active in the Boston North Shore Art Association and exhibited at major museums including the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1926, he was elected an associate member of the National Academy of Design and remained a vital part of the New York art world even when he lived elsewhere. Mulhaupt’s paintings, especially his working harbor scenes, captured the essence of early twentieth century Gloucester and its environs, which was already a favorite subject of famous painters such as Winslow Homer and Fitz Henry Lane. Mulhaupt died at his easel of a heart attack..

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