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Sailboats in the Harbor, Glaucester

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed lower left
Origin United States, Massachusetts
Period 1920-1949
Materials Oil on Canvas
W. 24 in; H. 20 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 50.8 cm;
Condition Good.
Description Biography from the Archives of askART
Biography photo for Tunis Ponsen
Dutch born painter, Tunis Ponsen, was highly prolific during his professional years, 1930 to 1967. His methods included oil paintings on canvas, watercolors, and an extremely limited number of single-color lithographs and linoleum block prints.

Ponsen painted images that captured his heart and now evoke for some viewers, emotions of nostalgia. From landscapes depicting the verdant rolling fields of western Michigan and eastern seaboard water scenes, to still lifes and florals, compelling portraits, and personal interior scenes, Ponsen's imagery conveys visually what may be the artist's diary of his life. Never married, his true loves were his painting, sister and niece.

Tunis Ponsen was born in 1891 in the Netherlands. He emigrated to the
United States in 1913 and first settled in Muskegon, Michigan where, at age 30,
he had his first solo exhibitions. Ponsen's success as a traditional painter strengthened in 1924 when he relocated to Chicago, where he painted until he slipped on the winter ice and complications from surgery resulted in his death in 1968.

Between 1924 when Ponsen entered the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and 1938, Ponsen's work was included in 34 important museum exhibitions. Critics regularly praised his work which found strong following at the Detroit Institute of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Flint Institute of Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, among others.

At a 1938 solo exhibition of Ponsen's paintings at Chicago's Drake Hotel
it was observed that "there is a kind of Dutch honesty in a painting by
Tunis Ponsen. . . . Ponsen's paintings 'grow on you. At first they may
strike you as a trifle harsh, perhaps a bit too blunt. But go back to the
creations again and you will appreciate that while Ponsen's method is
conscientiously abrupt, it is far from crude. You begin to feel the
downright integrity of the artist. These paintings are not color poems,
mood symphonies or anything of the sort. This is prose, straightforward
and deliberate...shorn of all superlatives, done by a man well trained in
the grammar of art."

More recently the rediscovered Tunis Ponsen has been the focus of
considerable interest among collectors and scholars. A traveling
exhibition of 52 Ponsen paintings between 1994 and 1996 set attendance
records at seven midwest museums.

From the 1920s to 1967 Tunis Ponsen's paintings and watercolors were
included in hundreds of exhibitions and he won many awards and prizes.
Although he exhibited widely and sold many paintings during his lifetime,
at the time of his death in 1968 his niece, Angenita Morris, discovered
and inherited more than 1,000 paintings and watercolors from Ponsen's
studio. Those oil paintings, a few acrylics, and an unexpected collection of
woodblock prints and black and white lithographs have now been inherited
by the children of Angenita Morris.

Saper Galleries
Styles / Movements Impressionism
Incollect Reference Number 411368
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