Born in Boston on 4 June 1865, Vesper George was trained at the Art Students League in New York (1888-89) then at the Académie Julian in Paris (1889-92), where his teachers were Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, Benjamin Constant, and Henri-Lucien Doucet. He apparently revisited the Boston area during the spring and summer of 1890 when he painted East Gloucester, which is a rare early landscape characterized by broad areas of color, still executed in a tonalist technique. Most of the canvas is reserved for water, while a small strip of land appears above. Most striking is the bold indication of reflections on the water's surface. Helen M. Knowlton, the biographer and student of William Morris Hunt, reported in The Stu
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