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Artist Biography

References:

Ted Tysver, Small Masterpieces: The Joy of Collecting (Gloucester, MA: North Shore Arts Association, 2002)

William H. Gerdts, Art Across America, vol. I (New York: Abbeville Press, 1990)


The Dutch artist Anthony Thieme first studied in his hometown at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam, followed by the Royal Academy at The Hague, and the School of Fine Arts in Turin. After completing his training—which also included a two year apprenticeship in Dusseldorf under George Hooker—he traveled throughout Europe and South America. His work as a stage designer brought him to the United States in 1917, and after several years in New York, he took up residence in Boston.

Thieme became one of the leading American Impressionists with his beautiful maritime-themed paintings. In Harbor is a typical product of his days in Cape Ann in Rockport, Massachusetts, where he moved in 1930. The overall palette of cool greys, greens, and blues is punctuated with strips of bright red on the boat hulls peeking out of the sea. Thieme juxtaposes the strong verticals of the masts in the top half with the waving, uneven reflections on the rippling water. This work, with its characteristic attention to visual balance, is an example from the highpoint in Thieme’s illustrious career.

Anthony Thieme's work was awarded countless honors during his lifetime, and is still held in high regard by collectors and Museums alike. His paintings can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; Bershire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH; City of New Haven Collection, New Haven, CT; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles Museum of History, Science & Art, Los Angeles, CA; Beach College, Storrs, CT; and Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ.