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Winter in Vermont, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 15, Signed
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Curator's Comments: A painter's painter, Bonnar (1885 - 1961) was the youngest of the
New England painters gathered around Emile Gruppe, Anthony Thieme, and Aldro Hibbard.
We strongly believe that his work is receiving increasing attention and progressively finding a
reception that matches what his fellow masters are bringing. He was true to the New England
pattern, painting Rockport marines in summer (he had a summer home in the Portuguese
fishing community section of Gloucester) and Vermont snowscapes in the winter. But his
excellence is easily seen in the work we are calling
Winter in Vermont, where his cobalt blue
hues are in perfect harmony with the sky. Most important for us is this gem of a snowscape
itself, in which Bonnar catches the quintessential aim of his fellow painters by showing the
fallen snow as the true painter of the landscape. Nature remains in perfection beneath a coat
of many white colors. We are reminded of an old Japanese proverb, which claims that success
only comes to fisherman who know the shape of the unseen bottom of the sea wherever they
work, similarly, in Bonnar's work, we know that the terrain rests perfectly beneath the snow.
Winter in Vermont is a white gem with perfect perspective.
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Bonnar was born in North Adams, MA and lived in Newtonville, MA. He graduated from the
Massachusetts School of Art where he studied with Joseph DeCamp, and the influence of
DeCamp is clear in his brushwork. He was the president of the Copley Society of Boston and
exhibited for many years at the North Shore Arts Association (founded in 1922 by Hibbard,
William Paxton, Frederick Mulhaupt, Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson) and the Rockport
Art Association. Bonnar was also a founder of the Newton, MA Art Association, and his
works were included in the Newton Museum's association retrospective. Bonnar's best works
are just beginning to appear as they leave the private collections of patrons who purchased
his works directly, and we expect his technique to bring him continuing recognition as these
works reach market.
The Artist, 1955
Vermont, in blue, sold for $11,000