Charles W Hawthorne USA

1-8-1872 Lodi, USA - 11-29-1930 Provincetown, USA

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Hawthorne, Charles W

Charles W Hawthorne at age 18, went to New York, working as an office-boy by day in a stained-glass factory and studying at night school and with Henry Siddons Mowbray and William Merritt Chase, and abroad in both the Netherlands and Italy. In 1908 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1911.

He studied painting under several notable artists at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. Among his teachers were Frank Vincent DuMond and George de Forest Brush. But Charles W Hawthorne declared that the most dominant influence in his career was William Merritt Chase, with whom he worked as both a pupil and assistant. Both men were naturally talented teachers and figurative painters who were drawn to rich color and the lusciousness of oil paint as a medium.

While studying abroad in the Netherlands as Chase's assistant, Hawthorne was influenced to start his own school of art. In addition to founding the Cape Cod School of Art, Charles W Hawthorne was also a founding member of the Provincetown Art Association established in 1914. The Cape Cod School of Art was the first outdoor summer school for figure painting and grew into one of the nation's leading art schools.

Another well known student was Norman Rockwell, who studied with Charles W Hawthorne  one summer while he was enrolled at the Art Students League. William H. Johnson also studied with Hawthorne and later got a grant from him.

Movement: Impressionism
Influences: Henry Siddons Mowbray, William Merritt Chase
Traveled: Netherlands, Italy, France
Influenced: Norman Rockwel, William H. Johnson
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