Arthur Merton Hazard
(1872 - 1930)
Arthur Merton Hazard was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on October 20th, 1872. He was a
member of Boston's vibrant and notable community of artists, 'The Boston School", a group lead by
Edmund Tarbell and included Joseph De Camp, Frank Benson and William M. Paxton. Hazard studied
with Frank Duveneck in Ohio and went to Paris with DeCamp to study at the atelier of Henri Blanc. Early
portraits of society women in naturally lit interiors were foundations of Boston's artistic reputation and
Hazard painted several of these notable works. His color and contrast distinguished Hazard's work and
suited him well after he moved to the warmth of Los Angeles in 1923 to a more hospitable climate for his
failing health. It wasn't long before he was painting California legends Charles M. Russell and Douglas
Fairbanks to name only two. There were early connections to California as he exhibited there in 1913. In
Boston, he was a member of St. Botolph Club and the Copley Society, and the early Boston art students
Flowers and figures glow in the clear, white sunlight of Summertime, Gloucester. Hazard's composition
draws the viewer into the scene as if looking up from the shared street. The mood is warm and easy with
richly painted flowers and women leisurely strolling in the background. The child leaning on the fence in
the middle ground furthers the summer idyll with her direct gaze to the approaching viewer. Is she
engaged with someone at the door? Did your nearing footsteps distract her or is she just bored in the
Hazard' s paintings are in the permanent collections of the the National Museum, Washington, D.C.; the
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas,; Temple Israel and The State House in Boston as well as the
Nevada Museum and the Houses of Parliament in Canada.
He died on December 26th, 1930 while vacationing in Paris.
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