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 Amory (Katharine Amory) Hooper  (1891 - 1964)



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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York      Known for: sketches of dancers, fashion design, landscape painting

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Katharine Amory Hooper
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 21, 1891, Katharine Amory Hooper studied at the Boston Museum School, the Art Students League in New York and the summer school of Kimon Nicoladides, and was best known for a facility for the rapid sketching of dancers in action, often in a semi-abstract style. She exhibited in New York and Boston in the late nineteen-thirties under the name Amory Hooper.
Hooper began her career as a fashion designer for the Merrimac Manufacturing Company. She wrote a fashion column for The Sportsman magazine, published in Boston in the late nineteen-twenties, and later was with Harper’s Bazaar in New York. She painted throughout the New England states.

Early in her career, she focused on landscapes, but much of her later work featured dancers and the ballet. She maintained a studio at 6 Newbury Street in Boston during the nineteen-thirties. She was a direct descendent of John Singleton Copley. She was a close associate of Robert Hallowell and was the subject of a portrait by Hallowell reproduced in the New York Times on December 16, 1934.
A series of solo shows in New York received favorable reviews. A reviewer for The New York Times wrote about her exhibition of watercolors at the Morton Galleries: “It is vigorous, direct work, simply and unpretentiously set down with pleasant results. (January, 1938). The Christian Science Monitor had these words: “She works with a full and energetic brush and conveys unmistakable personal reaction to what she has seen. She does not work in the manner of the average watercolorist familiar here, for she chooses a style inspired by Paris. Her colors are deep and somber. In addition to the water colors there are shown a number of drawings which give an idea of the serious approach of Miss Hooper to the job of picture making.” (February, 1939) A later exhibition, at Symphony Hall, Boston was described in the New York Herald Tribune as bringing “a rich handling of pigment and a sensitive, kaleidoscopic play of color, slightly on the dark side of things, but nevertheless rich and glowing.” (October, 1940)
Hooper taught art history at the Boston Conservatory of Music for many years and was the author of “Dance Pageantry in History and Legend published by Vantage Press.

She died on January 28, 1964.

Submitted by Jeff Hooper, grandson of the artist
New York Times, January 31, 1964 (Obituary)
Boston Conservatory of Music Memorial Service Program, March 15, 1964

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