With a natural fascination for the sea, Harry Aiken Vincent took to the shorelines and fishing boats, and even accompanied local fishermen on their daily routes to experience life on the ocean firsthand. He became well-versed in maritime customs, using his experience with various watercraft to render scenes like Fishermen with vigorous, impressionist brushwork and a perceptive eye for atmosphere.
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This plein air interpretation of a cluster of boats with their multicolored sails, and the reflection of a partly cloudy sky in the glass-like surface of the water, is especially engaging. In addition to his paintings of sailing vessels, Vincent’s nautical knowledge expanded to his creation of masterful small-scale boat models, crafted with near museum-quality precision.
With the Godwin Gallery, Pepperell, Massachusetts
Eventually to private collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1). (verso of board, in black crayon) “FISHERMEN” / H. A. VINCENT
2). (verso of frame at top and left, in pencil) (18)
The Godwin Gallery / 19th Century American Paintings / High Meadow Farm • Pepperell, Mass 01463 / Harry Aiken Vincent (1864-1931), A.N.A. / “Fishermen” / Oil on board, 8 x 10 inches / Signed “Vincent” both lower left & right / Titled on the verso / In its original frame