Art Of The Day
“It is the pursuit of happiness that makes life worth living, and it is the pursuit toward an unattainable perfection that makes painting worth doing.” – Allen Tucker.
Does the springtime weather make your pursuit of happiness any easier? To celebrate this lively season, let’s take a look at an Allen Tucker painting that gives us a glimpse of spring in Maine!
Born in 1866 in Brooklyn, New York, Tucker graduated from the School of Mines of Columbia University with a degree in architecture. Later, he exhibited work with the Independents, a New York group who wanted to challenge the conservative ideas of the National Academy of Design. Tucker was also a founding member of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, a group that staged the famous Armory show in 1913. One of his landscape paintings even appeared on the postcard announcement for the show.
During World War I, Tucker served in the American Ambulance Service in France and later wrote “There and Here,” a volume of poems and other writings that reflected his experience with the war. In addition to writing and creating art, Tucker was an instructor at the Art Students League of New York from 1921-1926.
Tucker’s greatest delight was in painting the sea and coast of the American East, especially in New Jersey, Maine, and Massachusetts. With vibrant colors and expressive brushwork, Tucker was able to create animated landscapes in a style inspired by Impressionism. This work is not only representative of Tucker’s favorite subject matter, but it also seems to perfectly encapsulate his artistic ideals. Can you catch a glimpse of the spring sea through the branches in of the large tree in the foreground?
“Allen Tucker.” The Caldwell Gallery. Accessed January 29, 2017. http://www.caldwellgallery.com/bios/tucker-biography.html.
“Allen Tucker.” Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery. Accessed January 29, 2017. http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=4875.
“Full Text of ‘Allen Tucker memorial exhibition.’” Archive.org. Accessed January 29, 2017. https://archive.org/stream/allentuckermemor00whit/allentuckermemor00whit_djvu.txt.
(American, 1866 – 1939)
The Spring Sea, Maine, 1920
Oil on canvas, 28 x 30 in. (71.12 x 76.2 cm)
Gift of the Allen Tucker Memorial , 1969.359