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 Lance Wood Hart  (1891 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: Washington/Oregon      Known for: landscape, figure and mural painting, design

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The following is David Martin of Martin-Zambito Fine Art, Seattle WA

Born in Aberdeen, Washington, Lance Hart received his professional training at the Chicago Art Institute and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Stockholm, Sweden.  His figural work and his landscapes of the mid-teens and early 1920’s display a unique regional appropriation of European Post Impressionist technique to his Pacific Northwest subjects.  This is especially true of his landscapes of Aberdeen and the Gray’s Harbor area.

While still at the Chicago Art Institute, Hart won numerous awards and exhibited in 1915 at their prominent national exhibition.  During this time that he also earned a fine reputation as a stage actor and set designer.  He continued to work in theater productions in Chicago and Washington state but eventually devoted his career to painting, printmaking and art instruction.
 
In the Northwest, he received a great deal of acclaim for his sensitive works both in oil and watercolor.  He exhibited in most of the region’s finest venues and won numerous local awards.  In 1931 Hart relocated to Eugene, Oregon to accept a position as Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Oregon.  During this time he won the respect and admiration of his fellow art professors and became a beloved and very influential instructor.

Around 1940, he was selected to complete a mural for the Treasury Department Section of Fine Arts for the US Post Office in Snohomish, Washington.  This mural entitled The Construction of a Skid Road in the Eighties is now housed at the Snohomish City Hall.

Lance Hart was also a significant influence on the Aberdeen-born artist, Robert Motherwell whose respect and admiration for his early instructor is evident in their existing letters.


This biography from the Archives of AskART:

According to his death certificate, Lance Wood Hart was born on November 11, 1891 in Aberdeen, Washington.  He died on May 26, 1941 after being hospitalized for 18 months.  He did not die of a sudden heart attack as often assumed.

Periodicals:

Art Digest V.7, April 15, 1933 p. 14

American Architect and Architecture V. 138 August 1930 p.41

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Certificate of Death, State of Oregon

Information provided by David Meeks.


Biography from Mark Humpal Fine Art:
Lance Hart, a painter and educator, showed his art ability at an early age. In 1908, the "Grays Harbor Post", his hometown newspaper in Aberdeen, Washington, mentioned him as "possessing exceptional skills and abilities." In high school he was also acclaimed for his oratory and acting prowess.

While attending the Art Institute in Chicago from 1912 to 1916, he received newspaper attention for his art and his involvelment in regional theater productions as an actor and stage designer. After his tour in the U.S. Army Ambulance Corps during World War I, Hart returned to Aberdeen, Washington, where he continued painting and directing local theater productions. The paintings from his time in Aberdeen show Hart's attachment to the landscape of his hometown area.

Prior to, and for ten years after World War I, Hart's work showed the influence of French Impressionism and post-Impressionism in his approach to color, concept, and design. By 1922, Hart had established his artistic reputation in the Northwest and was exhibiting with the Seattle Fine Arts Society, forerunner to the Seattle Art Museum. He went abroad to study at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden for further study, and returned to Aberdeen in 1926.

In 1931, Hart became assistant professor of drawing and painting at the University of Oregon. He exhibited regionally and nationally, experimenting with Cubism and Expressionism while retaining his figurative base. He was a WPA artist and executed a mural at the Snohomish, Washington Post Office shortly before his demise.
Credit: Research of David Martin of Martin Zambito Fine Art


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