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 Giragos Der Garabedian  (1892 - 1980)

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Lived/Active: Vermont/Massachusetts / Armenia      Known for: landscape and marine painting, teaching

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Fishing Shack on the Pier
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Giragos Der Garabedian, artist

The artist was the proprietor of the Fenway Art Center in the Back Bay center of Boston and well known for his landscapes and marines. He worked primarily in oils but has done some work in watercolors and tempera. Throughout the years he had numerous showings of his paintings, many of which were done in the Massachusetts art colony of Rockport.

Der Garabedian was sent alone by his parents to the United States at the age 15 from Harpoot, Armenia; they, and other Armenians, remained to face the persecution and eventual massacre by the Turks that took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He worked at various jobs to subsist and pay for art studies at the Cooper Union in New York City.

He served in the US Marine Corp in World War 1 where he pioneered the art of camouflaging fighter aircraft.  After the war, Der Garabedian went to Rockport where he studied with Rockport artists Aldro T Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Stanley Woodward and Charles Curtis Allen.  In Boston, he studied composition under the portrait photographer, John H Garo.

The artist lived with his family in a Boston suburb for many years, commuting to his studio on Gloucester Street in Boston.  In addition to painting scenes in the New England area, he traveled throughout many parts of the country further expanding his artistic endeavors.

He was a member of the Copley Society, The Boston Artist Guild, Boston Art Club and the Rockport Art Association. He has exhibited at the Whistler House, Lowell, MA; State Library, Concord, NH; Arlington Public Library, Arlington, MA; Moffat Ladd House of Colonial Dames, Portsmouth, NH.

Der Garabedian gave art lessons to many Bostonians believing that his purpose as an artist was to transfer his love of art through his teachings to other artists.  One of his better known students was Maurice Lindsey, former president of Bentley College. Lindsey succeeded in raising funds for many scholarships for the college through his paintings. Lindsey once wrote: “The progress I have made in the painting of landscapes is due o the excellent and untiring direction I have received from Mr Der Garabedian”. Dr Claude Louis Payzant, was also a marine painting student of Der Garabedian and also a member of the Boston Art Club and the Rockport Art Association.

The Boston newspapers had often written of his work. Frank Harris of the Boston Globe once wrote: “Der Garabedian is among the foremost landscape and marine artists in the country”. The Globe also described his paintings as “vigorous and bold, his colors strong and his handling of forms broad”. Of his painting, Misty Morn, the Globe particularly admired his “atmospheric handling of fishing boats, the sun splashed look at a pleasant lane and homes at ‘Rockport’ and fishermen in ‘Mending Nets’ “.

The Boston Sunday Post cited Muddy River “as crisp and cool in color, notable in design”. The Post also noted his Misty Morn “... with color handled beautifully with the sun trying to penetrate dark clouds”. His miniatures of boat and fishing scenes of Gloucester and Rockport were also cited. The Christian Science Monitor appreciated his harbor view called Serenity “...a mood which he has expressed pleasingly”. The Back Bay Ledger noted: “His landscapes and seascapes mark him as one of Boston’s foremost oil creators”.

Harold Der Garabedian
October 31, 1998

(Note: Minor punctuation changes have been made to reflect today’s writing standards; no text changes were made.)

Submitted by Harold Der Garabedian, son of the artist, 13 November 2011

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