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Artist Name:       Allen Tucker
A
rtist Dates:       1866 - 1939
Painting Title:     Black Rock
Painting Date:     
1928 ca.
Medium:             Oil on Canvas
Signature:           Lower Right
Provenance:        Private Collection
Condition:           Excellent
Size Unframed:    30 x 36
Size Framed:       34 x 38
Frame Condition:  Reproduction
Artist Best Price:   $32,200
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Maine master J.H. Connaway's "Monhegan Headland"
The same by Maine impressionist C.H. Woodbury
The same by Tucker contemporary Charles Ebert
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Another example of Tucker's rain technique
Tucker's "The Coast of Maine" now in the Smithsonian
Curator's Comments: Tucker was born in
Brooklyn in 1866 and graduated from the School
of Mines of Columbia University with a degree in
architecture and took a job as an architectural
draftsman in the architectural firm of McIvaine
and Tucker, his father's business. During that
time, he studied painting at the Art Students
League with Impressionist John H. Twachtman,
but it was not until around 1904, when he was 38,
that Tucker became a full-time painter, leaving
architecture behind. Tucker developed his own
unique Americasn impressionist style, like Ryder
and Stevens, and he took Fauvism as his starting
point. However, he went further than the naif
style, influenced chiefly by Van Gogh, and indeed
he was called "the American Van Gogh." Maurice
Prendergast is also credited as having an influence
on Tucker's brushwork and compositions.
However, as his painting evolved, Tucker
achieved a unique artistry that did not fit into any
tidy slot for description, and he was known as an
individualist not easily categorized in American art
history, though he is referenced in Gerdts. His
modernist impulses led him to become, in 1911, a
charter member of the Association of American
Painters and Sculptors, the group that would
conceive, organize, select the artists for and hang
the 1913 Armory Show that shocked many persons
by introducing abstract art to America. Tucker  
exhibited in the landmark Armory Show of 1913
and in 1919 was also part of founding the Society
of Independent Artists, a group that rebelled
against traditionalism.

In 1918, Tucker had his first large one-man show
at the Whitney Studio Club (later the Whitney
Museum of American Art) and became an advisor
to  Juliana Force, who directed the Whitney Studio
and the Whitney Studio Club. He was an Honorary
Member of the Art Students' League, and taught
at the League from 1921 to 1928. Tucker also
wrote "Design and Idea," published in 1930.  His
summers were spent painting in New Mexico, on
the New England coast, in the Colorado and
Canadian Rockies and in Europe. Allen Tucker
died in New York City in 1939. Tucker has 14
pieces in the Smithsonian, 2 in the National
Gallery, and 5 in New York's Metropolitan
Museum. We are proud to offer his brilliant
"
Monhegan Headland." As some will recognize,
the view here is the classic perspective on the
Monhegan clifts and thes famous Black Rock. We
show three identical perspectives by Maine
legends, Connaway, Woodbury and Ebert, all of
whom took the same stance. Note also the white
diagonal pinpoint striping, which is difficult to see
in our image, and which we give another example
of. This is Tucker's technique with rain. He
portrayed the Monhegan bluff in a summer
sunshine squall, bathing the rock, and showing its
potential for life. This is truly a head-land, and the
suggestion of brain-like convolutions makes the
massive stone into a humanized consciousness
with waves of its own. The living rock was clearly
Tucker's goal in this important and truly brilliant
work. Our image just doesn't capture the glow
emanating from his sky. Tucker  understood
Monhegan not as another place of perfection, but
as a natural artwork itself, and he wanted his own
art to understand just that truth.