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Hawthorne School Mud Heads

 (1899 - 1930)
Hawthorne School Mud Heads was active/lived in Massachusetts.  Hawthorne School Mud Heads is known for portrait, figure painting.

Biography   Hawthorne School Mud Heads


From 1899-1930, Charles W. Hawthorne taught his students how to see and paint the full spectrum of light by using Provincetown's Portuguese population as models. The Portuguese people would model for the students of Hawthorne on the beach at the end of Pearl Street.  They would sit with the sun at their backs and from this the students of Hawthorne would paint the colors created upon the model.   Because the Portuguese have darker skin, the brightness of the sun facing the student/artist would make their facial features obscure, thence the term Mud Head was born.

After Hawthorne's death in 1930, Hawthorne's teaching assistant Henry Hensche thought these were nothing but insignificant student studies and used th   ...  Displaying 750 of 1664 characters.

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