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February's Sun

February's Sun

Artist: Frederick John Mulhaupt (American, 1871 - 1938)

Date: c. 1925
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Framed: 40 3/4 x 41 x 1 1/2 in. (103.5 x 104.1 x 3.8 cm)
Canvas: 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm)
Credit Line:Gift, Ferdinand Thun, Henry Janssen & Gustav Oberlaender
Object number: 1925.153.1
The artist, who began to summer in Gloucester, Massachusetts as early as 1907, exhibited his work at the summer exhibitions at the Gallery-on-the-Moors, the first collective arts space in the Cape Ann community. He was also instrumental in establishing the North Shore Arts Association in 1922, the same year the artist took up permanent residency in Gloucester. This undated work, probably located in the environs near Gloucester, captures the luminous crisp afternoon sun on the banks of a creek and is typical of Mulhaupt’s winter scenes. Notably, the painting was purchased from the annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia (1925) and donated to The Museum by its early philanthropists: Thun, Janssen and Oberlaender.
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