MUDHEADS

August 26 - September 22

Julie Heller Gallery is pleased to present a month long show of "MUDHEADS" by Charles Hawthorne students. Hawthorne was a student of William Merritt Chase, and when Chase decided to close his school in Shinnecock Hills Long Island, New York, a 27 year old Hawthorne arrived in Provincetown having heard so much about its extraordinary summer light. He was such a renowned  painter,students as well as his peers, joined him. Here in 1899, he founded the first outdoor summer school for figure painting that same year which grew into one of the nation's leading art schools - The Cape Cod School of Art. Following his own unique theory of plein air painting, Hawthorne posed the model in dazzling sunlight with the face shaded by hat or parasol and forced his students to create form with light and shadow and blotches of color which changed with the passing light. Tourists coined the term mud head or mudders for these student studies as the face was devoid of detail and often a brownish wash. Fast forward a hundred years to the discovery of over a hundred of these Mudheads found nailed into the walls of Hawthorne's barn as insulation. Several of these form the bulk of the August show at Julie Heller Gallery   Many are masterful studies of light and color and are also exquisite artifacts of a time so brilliant and formative in the history of American art. There is a palpable energy in their studied light and a sense of discovery in their unfinished quality - a moment of creativity caught in paint. This fascinating show runs through September 22. 

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Orange Hat, $8,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Scarf, $6,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Green Dress by the Pier, $5,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Boy, Bright Light, double-sided, $5,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Cap, $6,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Double-sided, $6,500

Ada Rayner

Ada Rayner

Mudhead, Girl with Pink Shirt, double-sided, $4,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Boy with Blue Shirt, $5,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Red Dress, Bright Light, double-sided, $5,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with White Hat, $8,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Boy, Sunny Day, $3,500

Louise Zaring

Louise Zaring

Girl with Pink Hat, $22,000

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Red Hat, $8,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Woman with Grey Dress, double-sided, $7,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Boy with Green Shirt, $4,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Tan Hat, Tan Dress, $6,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Boy with Blue Shirt, $7,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Kimono, $8,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Man with Purple Jacket, $7,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Orange Dress, $7,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Deep Blue Dress, double-sided, $7,500

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Hawthorne Student Mudhead

Girl with Red Sweater, $3,500

Hawthorne School Landscape

Hawthorne School Landscape

Landscape with Tree, double-sided, $5,000

Hawthorne School Landscape

Hawthorne School Landscape

Sunny Day Landscape, double-sided, $6,500

Hawthorne School Landscape

Hawthorne School Landscape

Cloudy Day Landscape, double-sided, $4,500

Hawthorne School Landscape

Hawthorne School Landscape

Street Scene, $7,500

Hawthorne School Still-Life

Hawthorne School Still-Life

Still Life with Blue Bowl, $3,500

Hawthorne School Still-Life

Hawthorne School Still-Life

Still-Life with Bottles, $4,500

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