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Artist Biography

 Gerrit A. Beneker was a painter, writer, and illustrator of note who belonged to one of America’s most famous art colonies, The Provincetown Artists in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Provincetown Artists found their inspiration in the everyday scenes of the fishing village, its inhabitants, and the shoreline.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gerrit Beneker later moved to Chicago, where he was a pupil of John Vanderpoel and Frederick Richardson. Beneker then moved to Provincetown and studied with Charles W. Hawthorne, whose Impressionist impact is evident in Beneker’s paintings.

Beneker was a member of the Provincetown Art Association, which provided opportunities for him to exhibit and sell his work. He was awarded various prizes for his paintings, including the New York Herald Easter prize of 1905. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Provincetown Art Association, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; and the Grand Rapids Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as in private collections across the United States.