Thieme’s compositions are infused with atmosphere, achieved through his sensitive handling of light and shadow. In Schooners, the artist memorializes the nostalgia of a working, Cape Ann harbor. The strong diagonal of the wooden dock draws viewers into the scene, where the vibrant colors of the sailors’ clothing guides viewers past the activity to the schooner sailing by in the misty background. The quiet of the scene reveals the artist’s reminiscent desires for a simpler, traditional way of life.
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Although born in Rotterdam, Holland, Anthony Thieme is best remembered for his harbor scenes and townscapes of the Cape Ann region of Massachusetts. He immigrated to the United States at age 22 and worked as a set designer for the Century Theater Company in New York City. Unhappy with the energetic city’s glaring contrast to his life in Europe, he traveled frequently, working on theatre sets in Paris and later traveled to Italy, where he painted among the country’s hilly landscape and its cities and developed his oeuvre significantly. Thieme finally returned to America and in 1919 settled in Boston. He acquired a studio in Copley Square, and the Grace Horne Galleries hosted Thieme’s first solo exhibition in 1928. In that same fortuitous year, he won a prize from the North Shore Arts Association for a landscape painting and soon after left the theater world behind to dedicate his life to painting.
Thieme enjoyed great success as an artist and devoted much of his career to teaching. He married Lillian “Becky” Beckett in 1929 and the couple settled in Rockport, Massachusetts, where he directed the Thieme Summer School of Art between 1929 and 1943.
Thieme was a member of numerous visual arts organizations, including the Boston Art Club, the Gloucester Society of Artists, and the North Shore Arts Association. 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.
Private collection, South Berwick, Maine
- (verso of canvas in black) Schooners / $6500
- (verso of canvas in faded black) 914
- (handwritten sticker on top stretcher) Schooners / #914-30x36 / $6500
- (stamp on canvas verso) Copyright Reserved / Anthony Thieme / Rockport, Mass.
- (stamp on top stretcher) Also Reproduction Rights Reserved