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Hawthorne grew up in Maine among the seafaring people who were to become his major subjects. He was both student and teaching associate of William Merritt Chase and traveled with him to Holland in 1898. There Hawthorne was influenced by the dark tonalities and fluid brushwork of the 17th-century painter Frans Hals. In Provincetown Fishermen, Hawthorne depicted a Portuguese resident of the Cape Cod village where the artist spent most of his career. Careful modeling and drawing show Hawthorne's grounding in traditional academic principles. The picture's stately composition and solid, weighty forms give the subject a dignity and grandeur not often associated with the fish market. Hawthorne's green-toned palette subtly evokes the sea and emphasizes by contrast the bloody business at hand.
The artist; William Macbeth Galleries; purchased by the John Herron Art Institue, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1916.