Mary Hackett

American Impressionism

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Mary Hackett - Picket Fence House, Provincetown
    Mary Moffett Hackett was born in 1906 in New York City. Her father, Cleveland Moffett, was a writer and journalist, author of children's books and mysteries and an editor at the Paris Herald. She attended Brearley and Lincoln schools and briefly Cornell University, but she never had any formal art training.

        In 1926, in Paris she married Chauncey Hackett, a Washington, D.C., lawyer. They had three children, Wendy, Thomas and Patrick. In the early 1930s the Hacketts visited Provincetown for the first time. After several summers renting various houses around town they bought the house on Nickerson Street.

        From the 1930s she showed regularly at the Provincetown Art Association.

      "What's special for me now is feeling a new sense of respect for myself. It took years of analysis to get to this. I'm enjoying saying what's really on my mind. My head is in the best shape it's ever been. I'm busy living."

          "I feel that for people who either pursue a life-long creative interest, or take it up after they've retired from another field, it's a life-giving activity... It's a constant discovery. You're always looking for a new way of doing things."

              - Mary Hackett
                (1906 - 1989)
Mary M. Hackett

Mary in her Nickerson Street home in Provincetown - Photo by: Jay Critchley
American Impressionism

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