Anthony Thieme felt torn between the developments of a rapidly modernizing world and the romanticism of a quieter and more peaceful era. The tranquility he was searching for in heart is transferred often to his art, however, as demonstrated by this serene sketch of Rockport Harbor.
Described as a “Master of Light and Shadow”, the luminescent work of Anthony Thieme often explores the contrasts and extremes of the human experience: glowing brightness and brooding shadows; quiet stillness and kinetic activity. This subtle – yet powerful – watercolor is a historic snapshot of Rockport Harbor, where Thieme painted prolifically and directed the Thieme School of Art.
Contending with many struggles in his life – emotional, professional and familial – Thieme brought these challenges and his European study to his artistic practice and passionate teaching. He became a “plein air” master, winning many awards while being one of the most successful painters in New England. The legend goes that he even cut a hole in his ‘woodie’ station wagon enabling him to stand while drawing and painting during the harshest weather.