Brumback’s large and dynamic canvas, Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, embodies this straightforward approach to her subject. Her bold palette takes center stage, as sundrenched, particolored umbrellas pop against the clear blue stretches of the sky and water, drawing the viewer’s eyes to the various beachgoers reveling in the summer weather.
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Brumback exhibited widely throughout her career, including with the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors (now the National Association of Women Artists). She helped form the Gloucester Society of Artists with the hope of championing exhibitions that were open to all and an equal chance for all, and devoted her life to encouraging deserving artists.
Today, Brumback’s work is found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Collection of Henry Lee and Naomi Shoares Lufkin, Hamilton, Massachusetts, by the 1950s
By descent in the family to their daughter, private collection, Rockport, Massachusetts, by 1990
To McDougall Fine Arts, Gloucester, Massachusetts, by 2010
To private collection, Marblehead, Massachusetts, June 2010 to present
(possibly) Winter Exhibition, National Academy of Design, December 18, 1915 – January 16, 1916, no. 222 Good Harbor Beach
Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester
by Louise Upton Brumback (1872-1929)
40 x 50 1/8 inches
Signed lower right: Brumback
Thulin frame, dated 1928 (period, but not original)Circa 1915