Arthur M. Hazard (1872-1930)

Arthur M. Hazard (1872-1930)

Born in 1872 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Arthur Merton Hazard trained locally in Boston with Joseph DeCamp and in Cincinnati with Frank Duveneck, before going abroad to Paris to further his education, studying under Henri Blanc-Fontaine and René-Xavier Prinet. After settling back in Boston, he embarked on a career as a landscape, portrait and figural painter, specializing in sun-filled garden and coastal scenes, and the Boston School tradition of elegant women posed in beautifully furnished interiors. 

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Hazard won a medal at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association in 1892 and eventually took a studio at the Harcourt Studios on Irvington Street. Tragedy struck in 1904 when the building along with the life’s work of several residents was destroyed by fire. Hazard carried on, eventually finding a space on Boylston Street and later on Commonwealth Avenue, while continuing to exhibit his work with the Boston Art Club, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy, the Art Institute of Chicago, and also with Vose Galleries in 1922.  He was a member of the Copley Society, the St. Botolph Club and the Salmagundi Club, and joined the California Art Club and Painters of the West after relocating to the West Coast for health reasons in 1923. While living in Hollywood, Hazard painted several prominent Californians, including Jack Wilkinson Smith and Charles M. Russell, and in 1924 helped organize the Biltmore Salon in Los Angeles. California’s deserts, canyons and coastline provided the artist with ample subject matter before he passed away suddenly during a vacation in France in 1930. In addition to his portrait and landscapes, Hazard completed several commissions throughout his career including a mural for Temple Israel in Boston in 1913, a pair of works, Not of Might and The Spirit of the Armistice, for the Smithsonian Museum in 1921, and a painting called Spirit of Service for the American Red Cross Museum. 

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999; Vose Galleries Archives. 

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