ANTHONY THIEMEDutch/American, 1888-1954
Anthony Thieme was born on February 20, 1888 in Rotterdam, Holland. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Holland, under George Hacker; Garlobini, in Guardaciona; and Mancini in Italy. He also studied in Germany. In the 1920’s he emigrated to the United States, initially residing in New York City where he painted Broadway backdrops, and eventually setting up studios in Rockport, Massachusetts and St. Augustine, Florida, seasonally moving from one to the other. Known as a genre painter he did landscapes including farms, and Paris scenes; his best known works are of boats, fishermen, and harbors, reflecting his Northern and Southern studios in coastal towns. In Rockport, he established the Thieme School of Art where he was Director. Thieme was a strong proponent of the visual arts and held memberships in many associations: the American Water Color Society; the Art Alliance of America; Salmagundi Club; the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; the Boston Art Club; the Providence Water Color Club; the Boston Society of Artists; the North Shore Art Association; the Springfield Art League; the Rockport Art Association; the New York Water Color Club; the American Artists Professional League; the Gloucester Society of Artists; the Art Alliance of Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Painters Club; and the National Arts Club. As a function of these many memberships, he was an active exhibitor: the National Academy of Design 1930-1934; the Art Institute of Chicago 1930; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1929-1931; the Corcoran Gallery of Art 1932; the Los Angeles Museum of Art 1930, 1931 (prize); the Albright Art Gallery 1932; the Detroit Institute of Art 1931; the Salmagundi Club 1929 and 1931 (prizes); Springfield, Utah 1928 and 1931 (prizes); the Gloucester Art Association 1928 (prize); the Springfield Art League 1927 and 1928 (prizes); the North Shore Art Association 1930 (prize); the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 1930 (prize); Jordon Marsh Exhibition (Boston) 1944 (medal); the New York Water Color Club 1930 (prize); the Boston Tercentenary Exhibition 1930; the Ogunquit Art Center 1930; the New Haven Painters and Clay Club 1931 (prize); the Washington Water Color Club 1931(prize); the Los Angeles Museum of Art; the Buck Hill Falls Art Association (Pennsylvania) 1938 (prize); he also exhibited in Belgium, France and Holland. Anthony Thieme’s work is held in high regard by collectors and Museums alike, and he is represented in many major collections: the Boston Museum of Fine Art; the Pittsfield Museum of Art (Massachusetts); the Albany Institute of History and Art; the Dayton Art Institute; the City of New Haven Collection; the College of Springfield (Utah); the University of Iowa; Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science & Art; Beach College, Storrs, Connecticut; and the Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey).