WALDO PEIRCE (MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, NEW YORK, 1884-1970);
STILL LIFE PAINTING OF ‘SHELLS & MUSSELS’.
Oil on canvas; 13 x 22 inches; 19 x 28 inches framed;
initialed lower right and dated '53; also signed on verso.
Provenance: Estate of Paul Brouillard, Castine, Maine.
WALDO PEIRCE (1884-1970) BIOGRAPHY
Born the son of a wealthy lumberman in Bangor, Maine, he studied at Harvard University where he was better known for his extravagant personality and football playing skills than for his scholastic ability. He later studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Julian Academy in Paris. In his twenties and thirties he traveled widely, living the colorful stories of his Bohemian life style.
He made a tour of Europe, particularly in Spain with Ernest Hemingway, and served in the French and American armies during World War I. It was in Spain that he got married for the first time. 1920 was the year of his second marriage.
He was first influenced by early Spanish artists and then by the more colorful French impressionists; he painted local scenes in the flat bright manner of Henri Matisse.
He later developed his own bold form of impressionism: a form that remained basically unchanged over the years.
Returning to the America after World War II, He lived between Coastal Maine and Massachusetts, married twice more and fathered five children with his third and fourth wives. His painting style changed with his growing family, becoming warmer and more personal, filled with images of family. He continued to paint the world about him with the boldness and freshness that always characterized his work.