ROSS MOFFETT (1888-1971) Ohio Barn, Early 20th c., Monotype

  • 12 x 16" image, 18 3/4 x 25 3/4" framed
  • Artist Name:
  • Ross Moffett
  • Literature:
  • At the time Charles W. Hawthorne had begun to surround himself with a glory still lingering in Provincetown today, Ross Moffett moved into this circle of light with primary attributes, which were to receive stimulation and refinement from Hawthorne. Moffett viewed Hawthorne's teaching from his own strongly individual vantage point, although he accepted it with natural respect. The turning point for Moffett came in 1916, when he began to feel that he was discovering his own voice. "I continued working, endeavoring to mine the vein I had uncovered. My subject was life in Provincetown as observed it visually during my many walks in the town, particularly in the west section where the Portuguese flavor was especially manifested." Extemporizing his statement about life through the virtuoso handling of the figure in the landscape, Moffett portrayed a world of bleak strength, fateful mood and stark poetry. The sheer painting power of the forms and color Moffett used in these paintings seems to have been his most forceful statement about man and his fate. It is, moreover, expressed as only a painter can express it without loss to rhetoric. Few American painters so successfully incorporated the figure in a landscape as Ross Moffett. In 1932, Moffett participated in the first Whitney Museum Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting with an entry titled Provincetown Wharf. (Josephine del Deo)
  • Medium:
  • Monotype
  • Circa:
  • Early 20th c.
  • Notes:
  • Unsigned, certificate of authenticity from Josephine Del Deo, author of "Figures in a Landscape: The Life and Times of the American Painter, Ross Moffett
  • Condition:
  • Very good condition, foxing, paper aging, please consider photos an accurate description of condition

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October 23, 2021 1:00 PM EDT
Provincetown, MA, US

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