North America, American, Massachusetts
20 1/2 in. x 24 in. (52.07 cm x 60.96 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, The Blount Collection
Currently On View
Hassam visited Gloucester, a Massachusetts coastal town where artists habitually gathered in the summer, at least five times in the 1890s. Painted in 1895, "Gloucester Harbor" is one of some seven oil paintings he produced with that title during the decade. From the beginning of his career, he made these summer trips to Gloucester in order to paint the New England coast en plein air. He not only captured various viewpoints of the harbor, but also cottages, townspeople, and the roads that led into the city. Unlike the Isles of Shoals, which was a seasonal resort, Gloucester was a large commercial port and the year-round fishing trade brought fleets from around the world to its harbor, giving it the flavor of a foreign city. This painting, with it's spit of land, houses, and small utility boats, suggests a more intitmate view of this busy harbor.
American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 37, p. 106.