“[Frank Townsend] Hutchens is a painter of moods. A peculiar atmospheric condition, a sweep of
wind across the landscape, or a sudden luminosity of sky is sufficient to him to lend a simple road
or bit of forest land a peculiar and permanent fascination. He is particularly fond of sunlight, and
its golden luster embellishes the simplest objects with a true touch of poetry.”
- Studio International, vol. 56, 1912.
Frank Townsend Hutchens, a plein air painter of landscapes, marines, and figures, as well as
portraits, was born in Canandaigua, New York. He studied at the Art Students League in New York City, and at the Academie Colorossi and Academie Julien in Paris. He debuted as an artist of note in 1908 at Fishel, Adler, and Schwartz Gallery with a collection of works painted in Holland and rural France. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Paris Salon, and the Amsterdam International Exhibition, the National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery, among others. Hutchens divided his time in later years
between homes in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he was associated with the Silvermine Art
Colony, and Taos, New Mexico.