Charles Webster Hawthorne was an important early twentieth century American artist best known for his skillfully-rendered portraits and his role as an inspirational instructor. He studied in New York at the National Academy and the Art Students League; his instructors included William Merritt Chase and Henry Siddons Mowbray. In 1899 Hawthorne established the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown and was also a founding member of the Provincetown Art Association. One of his students, the American painter Edwin Dickinson, recalled that Hawthorne was “The best teacher I ever knew; better than Chase, who was ... very good.” The elegant "Girl in Red" is representative of Hawthorne’s early, Chase-influenced work, which he produced before moving to a more broadly-painted style later in his career, where the figures (often the local Cape Cod fisherfolk) were frequently presented frontally rather than in profile. The painting’s finely-crafted period frame was made by the Carrig-Rohane company of Boston. Its elegant style complements that of the woman’s dress and the luxurious interior in which she is seated.
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: frame height: 26 inches frame width: 22 inchesGift of Welborn E. and Patricia H. Alexander in honor of Jonathan D. Stuhlman 2012.102
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN