Anthony Thieme (1888-1954)

Anthony Thieme (1888-1954)

Although born in Rotterdam, Holland, Anthony Thieme is best remembered for his harbor scenes and townscapes of the Cape Ann region of Massachusetts. Thieme’s interest in the ocean was cultivated while he was just a young boy attending a naval military school.  In 1902, against his parents’ wishes, he began studying painting at the Royal Academy in Holland, pursuing his growing interest in fine art.  His training continued in Germany in 1904, where he studied with German set designer George Hacker, and in Italy at the Scuola di Belli Arti, where he was influenced by architecture and scenery paintings.  Thieme immigrated to the United States at age 22 and began working as a set designer for the Century Theater Company in New York City.  After traveling for a few years he settled in Boston and found employment with the Copley Theater.  The Grace Horn Galleries hosted Thieme’s first solo exhibition in 1928, and that same fortuitous year, he won a prize from the North Shore Arts Association for a landscape painting.

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Thieme enjoyed great success as a painter and devoted much of his career to teaching.  Between 1929 and 1943, he directed the Summer School of Art in Rockport, Massachusetts, and was a member of numerous visual arts organizations, including the Boston Art Club, the Gloucester Society of Artists and the North Shore Arts Association.  He traveled widely during his career, enjoying the more vivid palette of the southern United States, the West Coast and Caribbean islands, and exhibited paintings regularly, winning many prizes and medals.  Many museums hold his work in their permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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