Alice Judson was born in Beacon, New York and while living in the city studied at the Art Student's League with John Henry Twachtman (1853 - 1902). She had a very active art career, which flourished in the twenties and thirties, and belonged to numerous Northeastern art associations including the North Shore Art Association, the Duchess County Art Association, Putnam County Art Association, Hudson Highlands Art Association, Pittsburgh Art Association, and Gloucester Society of Artists. She also was a member of the National Academy of Woman Painters and Sculptors, and the Society of Independent artists. A number of these organizations presented Judson with opportunities for the exhibition of her work.
Harbor views were a specialty of Judson, which she produced during trips to Gloucester and the Hudson Islands. The modernized influence of her teacher Twachtman, a premiere American Impressionist, is apparent in Boats in Harbor with the emphasis on decorative color and form. However, Twachtman abandoned the analytical approach to light and shade that the American Impressionists valued so highly, a method which Judson utilized as well to create an even illumination of the scene (1). The flattened patterns contrast beautifully with the linear and atmospheric perspectives to create a highly competent, well balanced scene infused with light. A light blue dominates many elements of the painting, including the sky, sea, and land,
but the scene is enlivened by the brighter colors used to detail the sailboats and the people who operate them.
Provenance: From private collection in Connecticut to the gallery.
1. Paul E. Sternberg, Sr., Centennial Exhibition by Members Past and Present of the National Association of Women Arts: Selections from the Collection of Louise and Alan Sellars (Gainesville: Brenau College, 1989), 58.