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John Henry Twachtman
Fishing Boats at Gloucester
1901
oil
25 1/8 x 30 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



Painted a year before Twachtman's death, this work departs from the poetic mistiness that characterizes much of his earlier work. The bold brush strokes and strong horizontals, verticals, and diagonals provide a sense of structure that distinguishes this composition from the more decorative treatments of this picturesque coastal town favored by other artists.