Arthur Merton Hazard
(1872 - 1930)



Summertime, Gloucester



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 association.  

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 summer heat?  

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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