Monday, March 24, 2014

Gertrude Beals Bourne

I am always excited to discover an artist that I have missed or maybe previously overlooked. And what caught my attention in the watercolors of Gertrude Beals Bourne was the intensity of the color.

Gertrude Beals Bourne

Gertrude lived at a time when American art was bursting with innovation. Artists were ready to embrace the revolutionary ideas of the European Impressionists, but they were also poised to produce a brand of "American Art".

Gertrude, a Boston native, produced 100's of paintings of her familiar surroundings and scenes from her travels. I wasn't able to find an image of her Waterlilies, which certainly looks like it was inspired by Monet. Monet's paintings were exhibited in Boston in the early 1900's, so she may have seen his Waterlilies there. But her paintings show her love for color, and are a celebration of the events and places as she experienced them.


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