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Gloucester Wharf - Harriet Randall Lumis
Harriet Randall Lumis
"Gloucester Wharf", ca. 1920-25
Oil on board
12 x 9 7/8 inches
Signed lower left
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Lumis is best known for her impressionist landscapes and townscapes, and is recognized today for her use of vibrant color in works like Gloucester Wharf. Her earlier works were darker and more tonalist in nature, but after encountering the work of Claude Monet, Lumis radically altered her approach, and Gloucester Wharf certainly reflects this stylistic transformation. Lumis sets up a lively contrast between the horizontal ribbons of paint that define the water and the strong vertical brushstrokes used to depict the buildings of downtown Gloucester. Unlike other artists of her generation, she had little interest in painting figures or incorporating them into her landscape compositions. Focusing on outdoor scenery, she became “a master of selective composition;” if the vistas she observed before her left something to be desired, “she compensated through her exploitation of pictorial harmonies and contrasts and…through her spontaneous manipulation of bright pigment”.

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