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In 1899, Charles Hawthorne came to Provincetown and founded the Cape School of Art. He had a revolutionary method of teaching students - the Mudhead. Students were to paint from live models, in the bright sunlight on the beach. They were instructed to only paint the broad patterns of light and shade and not get caught up in the details. This way they were quickly taught two fundamentals of modern painting - the impact of a painting is in the broad shapes, not details and the sunlight effect is achieved through justaposition of these large color areas against one another another.

Mud Heads - Just discovered in 2023

New Mudheads from the new discovery at 22 Brewster Street in the walls of the former studio of Ernie Irmer, the song maker - all dating from pre-1940.

MH-5255 (17 by 24) 
MH-5263 (18 by 20) 
MH-4246 (20 by 24) 
MH-4349 (18 by 24)  sold
MH-4233 (18 by 24) 
MH-4239 (20 by 24) 
MH-4243 (20 by 24) 
MH-4241 (20 by 24)  sold
MH-4329 (20 by 24)  sold
MH-4237 (20 by 24) 
MH-4345 (20 by 22) 
MH-4347 (20 by 24) 
MH-4343 (20 by 27)  sold
MH-4244 (20 by 24)  sold
MH-4248 (20 by 24)  sold
MH-4251  sold

Recovered from the Walls of the Hawthorne Building

Recently, in a building four houses away, a new group was discovered. Below are pieces from the new find and now at the gallery. They are all pre-war, painted on compressed cardboard, and some of the best we have seen to date.

Young man with Sunday tieYoung man with Sunday tie details
Front: Young Man with Sunday Tie (Close up)
Back: Getting the boat ready (Close up)
(20 by 24)

Young boy with Cap on Barrel
Young Boy with Cap on Barrel (Early century 1900's) (Close up) (20 by 24)
Young man in blue shirt
Young Man in blue shirt (Hawthorne era) Anonymous (20 by 23)
Young girl with short hair and clasped hands
Young girl with short hair and clasped hands (Hawthorne era) Anonymous (20 by 24)
Young man mid afternoon
Young Man with large hat - Anonymous (20 by 24)

From Hawthorne's humble school sprang masters of both abstract and realistic painting, from Norman Rockwell to Hans Hoffman, influencing generations of painters.

Young man mid afternoon
Young Man mid-afternoon (Hawthorne era) Anonymous (20 by 24)
Women and fisherman
Women and fisherman (Close up) (16 by 20)
the Yellow dress
The Yellow Dress - Anonymous (20 by 24) sold

Considered just "student" work at time, the studies were thrown away. In 2005, during a renovation on Brewster Street where the school once sat, Jerome Crepeau discoved mudheads being used to re-inforce the walls of the building! They immediately became sought after by collectors and few from this first discovery are in the open market.

Boy in a tank top
Boy in a Tank Top - Anonymous (20 by 22) sold
Girl in Peach
Girl in Peach - Anonymous (20 by 24) sold
Girl in the Blue Dress
Girl in the Blue Dress - Anonymous (20 by 24) sold

Recovered from the Walls of the Cape Cod School of Art

New October 2019
Province Town View circa 1925 from the Walls of Cape Cod School of Art
Provincetown View circa 1925
from the walls of the Cape Cod School of Art (20 by 24)
Boy in a Hat
Mudhead Boy in a Hat - Anonymous (20 by 22) sold
Girl om a red Bonnet
Mudhead Girl with a Red Bonnet - Anonymous (20 by 24) sold
the Blue Hat
Mudhead The Blue Hat - Anonymous (16 by 20) sold
boy in Blue
Mudhead Boy in Blue - Anonymous (20 by 24) sold

boy Lenaing Back
Mudhead Boy Leaning Back - Anonymous (20 by 22) sold

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Paintings recovered from the Cape Cod School of Art.
Mud heads reception at the Egeli Gallery in Provincetown.