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May 2003

Charles Webster Hawthorne's Crimson Roses

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2003;5(3):284. doi:10.1001/archfaci.5.3.284

THE LEADER of the Provincetown, Mass, artists' colony, Charles Webster Hawthorne, was one of America's most dynamic, penetrating, and forthright painters. Many remember him as a creative, inspiring teacher. The young Hawthorne was trained in the tradition of Frank Vincent DuMond, George de Forest Brush, and William Merritt Chase. By 1897, Hawthorne was Chase's assistant at the Shinnecock Hills Summer School (Long Island, NY). Hawthorne's son Joseph, whom Hawthorne depicted in his painting The Fencer (Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Neb), later described how his father lived in a fisherman's shack at Shinnecock. A trip to Europe fostered an appreciation for the old masters, especially Titian, Hals, and Rembrandt. Then, in 1899, he discovered Provincetown and started his own school of painting, the Cape Cod School of Art, which focused on the clothed model in bright plein air light.