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Artist
Charles Webster Hawthorne
Title
A Boy’s Head
Date
c. 1921
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 22 × 18 inches (55.9 × 45.7 cm)Framed: 28 7/8 × 24 7/8 × 1 3/4 inches (73.3 × 63.2 × 4.4 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1921.3
The loose brushwork, piercing eyes, and simple dark background seen in this unfinished portrait of a young boy are all characteristic of Charles Webster Hawthorne’s style of portrait painting. Hawthorne was born in Lodi, Illinois, before his parents relocated to his father’s birthplace in Maine. He studied in New York under William Merritt Chase, his most central influence and a close partner throughout his early career. Eventually, Hawthorne was inspired to form his own rural art colony and did so in 1899, founding the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Hawthorne further developed the Provincetown art community by helping to found the Provincetown Art Association in 1914.