Although firmly planted in Ipswich, Wendel continued to explore other sites along the North Shore in search of subject matter, as seen in Fishermen’s Houses along a Cove, Gloucester. Unlike other Cape Ann artists who focused on the hustle and bustle of the active fishing port, Wendel preferred to capture the idyllic side of the community; in place of schooners and crowds of fishermen, we find a cluster of shanties bordering a quiet inlet, with a lone figure among the rocks and a hay cart traversing a narrow lane.
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The scene also demonstrates Wendel’s perceptive sense of light and shadow, as the darker passages of the lower part of the composition lead to the brilliance of the mid- and background scenery, with occasional sunspots falling upon the foreground grass and tree branches.
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Bringing to Light: Theodore Wendel, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 19 – December 7, 2019