Wednesday, August 14, 2013

HARBOR SCENES





Rafting up  
Images from mcdougallfinearts.com


Rockport Harbor
From clarkegalleries.com


Known for his bold Impressionist harbor scenes, Harry Aiken Vincent was a prominent member of the Rockport Art Colony in the beginning of the twentieth century. Born in Chicago, Vincent moved to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1918, devoting himself to studying the ocean around Cape Ann. He became the first President of the Rockport Art Association in 1921 and served as a charter member of the North Shore Art Association. His vivid marine paintings won several prizes from the Salmagundi Club and the New York Watercolor Club and were featured in exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, Vincent’s work is in such prominent collections as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Butler Institute of American Art.
(questroyalfineart.com)


Old Quarry, Rockport Fall Colors Near Venice
From the-athenaeum.org


The more one reads about the life of artists, with a bit of historical perspective, the more one notices that pure talent and quality of output frequently does not correlate with the quantity of biographical material and critical writing that exists on that artist. Clearly, there is a realization that the personality of the artist himself is a factor, in addition to the quality of his or her work. Unquestionably, the exceptional quality of Harry Vincent’s mature work does not correlate with the modest amount of scholarly writing about him. One must conclude he was likely a reserved, perhaps even shy person who preferred to paint than to talk about it. Chicago-born and trained, little is known of his life prior to settling in Rockport, Massachusetts, in 1918. Apparently he was quickly recognized as a significant artist since, a short three years later, he was appointed the first acting President of the Rockport Art Association, formed in 1921. Probably best described as a painter’s painter, and an artist other artists respected, Vincent is generally considered largely self-taught. (mcdougallfinearts.com)



 
The Provincetown Boats in Rockport Harbor


Rockport Harbor
Images from mcdougallfinearts.com


Although he painted in the Chicago area early in his career, by the turn of the century he was painting and exhibiting in New England and gaining a strong reputation for his marine views. Vincent's paintings were widely exhibited and the artist won many awards. He was noted for his heavy use of pigment and colorful compositions. He held membership in the prestigious Salmagundi Club where he won awards in 1907, 1916 and 1918 and was both a member and associate of the National Academy of Design where his work was exhibited in 1892 and 1897.
With his studio in Boston, Vincent was also one of the many accomplished artists that made up what became known as the Rockport School. The visually abundant region around Rockport, Massachusetts attracted a wealth of talented painters in the early part of the century. H. A. Vincent painted many of his finest works in and around the Rockport area.
(vallejogallery.com)


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