Anthony Thieme

(Dutch-American, 1888 - 1954)

Anthony Thieme was born in Rotterdam, Holland where his parents sent him to naval school. The military training did not take with the young artist and he went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam; the Royal Academy at The Hague; as an apprentice artist in Dusseldorf under George Hoecker, Germany's foremost stage designer; and at the School of Fine Arts in Turn. He worked as a stage designer in Europe, England and South America before coming to the United States in 1917. He settled in Boston in 1919, where he painted and designed stage sets for the Copley Theatre, and illustrated books. In 1927, he established a studio at Cape Ann in Rockport, Massachusetts, where he taught summer painting classes; establishing the Thieme School of Art in 1929. He is said to have painted the red lobster shack, Motif #1, more times that any other artist and his work from this period is some of the most coveted. As an Impressionist painter, he was well known for his serene seascapes and shore scenes. He was greatly influenced by the Dutch seascape tradition, and was very interested in the effects of light on water. In 1946, Thieme traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, where he was inspired by the intense light and color of the Southern landscape. While there, he painted scenes of the elaborate wrought iron and flower blossoms he saw along the streets of the city. That same year his studio burned, destroying most of his un-sold work. He continued to travel to St. Augustine, Nassau, Guatemala, the Riviera and Spain until his death in 1954. Paintings by Thieme are found in many important public and private collections of American art, including collections of southern art.

  • Studied
  • Royal Academy, Holland
  • In Italy and Germany
  • George Hoecker
  • Guiseppe Mancini
  • Garlobini
  • Guardaciona
  • Work
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Pittsfield Museum of Art, Massachusetts
  • Albany Institute of History and Art
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • City of New Haven Collection
  • Springville Museum of Art
  • University of Iowa
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art
  • Beach Collection, Storrs, Connecticut
  • Montclair Art Museum
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • New Britain Art Museum, Connecticut
  • Robert P. Coggins Collection of Southern Art
  • Morris Museum of Art, Georgia
  • Farnsworth Art Museum
  • Ackland Art Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Museum of Art at Brigham Young University
  • The Lightner Museum
  • Whistler Museum of Art
  • References
  • American Art Review Editors, "Anthony Thieme," American Art Review (June 1994)
  • Chambers, Art and Artists of the South, The Robert P. Coggins Collection
  • Cooley, Rockport Sketchbook, Stories of Early Art and Artists
  • Curtis, Anthony Thieme
  • Curtis, "Images of A New England Seacoast," American Art Review (Oct. 1998)
  • Curtis, "Anthony Thieme," American Art Review (Oct. 1999)
  • Davies, Artists of Cape Ann: A 150 Year Tradition
  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975
  • Gerdts, Art Across America, Two Centuries of Regional Painting
  • Hughes, Artists in California: 1786-1940
  • Keny, "The Legacy of Cape Ann," American Art Review (Oct. 1995)
  • Libby (ed.), Celebrating Florida, Works of Art from the Vickers Collection
  • Lippincott (ed.), Artists of the Rockport Art Association Sixtieth Anniversary Edition
  • Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
  • Pennington, A Southern Collection
  • Pierce, The Ten
  • Torchia, Lost Colony, The Artists of St. Augustine, 1930-1950
  • Tsyver, "A Survey of the North Shore," American Art Review (Aug. 1997)
  • Tsyver, Small Masterpieces: The Joy of Collecting
  • Davies, "The Cape Ann Six," Art & Antiques, June 2006
  • Hankin, "Anthony Thieme (1888-1954)," Antiques & Fine Art, Autumn/ Winter 2007
  • Exhibited
  • National Academy of Design, NYC, 1930-1934
  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1928-32
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1928-35
  • Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1930, 1932
  • Carnegie Art Museum, 1933
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1930, 1931 (prize)
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1932
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, 1931
  • Salmagundi Club, 1929 (prize), 1931 (prize)
  • Gloucester Art Association, 1928 (prize)
  • Springfield Art League, 1927 (prize), 1928 (prize)
  • North Shore Artists Association, 1930 (prize)
  • Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 1930 (prize)
  • Jordan Marsh Exhibition, 1944 (medal)
  • New York Watercolor Club, 1930 (prize)
  • Tercentenary Exhibition, Boston, 1930
  • Ogunquit Art Center, 1930
  • New Haven Paint and Clay Club, 1931 (prize)
  • Washington Watercolor Club, 1931 (prize)
  • Buck Hill Falls Art Association, Pennsylvania, 1938 (prize)
  • St. Louis Art Museum, 1933
  • Royal Academy, London
  • Springville, Utah, 1928 (prize), 1931 (prize)
  • Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels
  • France and Holland
  • Position
  • Thieme School of Art, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Member
  • American Watercolor Society
  • Salmagundi Club
  • Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
  • Boston Art Club
  • Providence Watercolor Club
  • Boston Society of Arts and Crafts
  • North Shore Artists Association
  • Springfield Art League
  • Rockport Art Association
  • New York Watercolor Club
  • American Artists' Professional League
  • Gloucester Society of Artists
  • Philadelphia Art Club
  • Art Alliance of Philadelphia
  • National Arts Club