Frances Hudson Storrs’ oeuvre broke into the art world in 1919 at the McDowell Club in New York City. As a student of well-known American artists including William Merrit Chase, Charles Courtney Curran and Edward Hale, Frances’ dazzling use of color in both florals and landscapes earned her recognition and membership to NY Women’s AC, CAFA, Hartford Art Society and the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
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Revered by his peers, most notably Antonio Cirino, Vincent was named the first acting President of the Rockport Art Association in 1921. Quietly showcasing his award-winning “self-taught” background, numerous trips to France and Germany, and independent spirit, he made a significant contribution in creating a Cape Ann genre.
Along with her friend Theresa Bernstein, Emma Fordyce MacRae was a member of the Philadelphia 10, a unique, progressive group of women artists who broke the rules of society and art by working and exhibiting together. While experimenting with complex, layered techniques of surface preparations, it is possible that MacRae was influenced by the art of fellow Cape Ann artists Max Kuehne and Charles Prendergast, and their work with gessoed, gilded, and incised textures.
While Kroll has become largely identified with the figurative tradition, he never gave up landscape and still-life painting. Perhaps his devoted following treasured his oeuvre – without limitations to any single subject – because he worked and painted according to his own ideals, often moving in a direction against the current trend.
Widely regarded as one of the finest artists to work on Cape Ann, Frderick Mulhaupt was one of the most decorated artists of his time. A premier impressionist, Mulhaupt studied extensively in France and St. Ives, England before settling in Gloucester and becoming known as the “Dean of the Cape Ann School.”
When Hayley Lever arrived on Cape Ann, he found the picturesque harbors and nautical traditions familiar to the ancient fishing ports of St. Ives, England and Brittany, France where he had painted and studied extensively. Profoundly affected and deeply influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh, Lever became legendary for his maritime scenes in the U.S. and was commissioned to paint the presidential yacht for President Coolidge, presented at the White House.