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Gertrude Beals Bourne At Childs Gallery

Gertrude Beals Bourne

American (1868-1962)

Gertrude Beals Bourne, American (1868-1962)

Gertrude Beals grew up on Dartmouth Street in the Back Bay of Boston. In the late 1880’s, she began to study art privately first with Henry Rice, 1853-1934 (who had learned his craft from Ross Turner, 1847-1915) and later with Henry B. Snell (1858-1943), one of the founding members of the New York Watercolor Club. An important part of her education was the trips she took to Europe with her family in the 1890’s when she painted in France, Norway, and Great Britain. In 1892, Gertrude Beals first exhibited at the Boston Art Club along with fellow artists Helen Knowlton and Marie Danforth Page. Her realism in works from the 1890’s allies her stylistically with the American landscape tradition exemplified by Winslow Homer and Childe Hassam, both of whom exhibited paintings during the 1890’s at the Boston Art Club where Bourne frequently exhibited through 1905.

Gertrude Beals married the architect Frank Augustus Bourne in 1904 and moved into “Sunflower Castle” at 130 Mount Vernon Street on Beacon Hill. There they became part of a community of artists and helped to re-gentrify the Hill in the first decades of the 20th century. Bourne was also very aware of the work of John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast and Arthur Wesley Dow. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts acquired several of Sargent’s watercolors in 1912, and it is known that Bourne studied his watercolor style at length and copied some of his works as an academic exercise. Both Maurice Prendergast and his brother Charles were neighbors on Mount Vernon Street and became close friends. From 1917-19 the Bournes rented a summer residence in Ipswich, Massachusetts from Arthur Wesley Dow.

Bourne continued to exhibit nationally as well as locally through the age of seventy-five. Outside of the Boston area, she participated in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Watercolor Club, the Brooklyn Museum, James Newman Galleries, London, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her work is included at the National Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Brockton Art Museum, the Currier Gallery of Art, the Peabody- Essex Museum, and the Danforth Museum of Art.

The most comprehensive source for her biographical information is:

"Gertrude Beals Bourne: Artist in Brahmin Boston" 2004 Boston Copley Square Press 2004 1st Edition. Oblong Quarto. Hard and Soft Cover 144pp 104 color and 9 black and white illustrations; Foreword by Patricia Hills; (Chronology); (Bibliography); (Index). Available from Childs Gallery.

The story of elegant Bostonians has been told many times, notably by John Marquand in The Late George Apley and Cleveland Amory in The Proper Bostonians. Now D. Roger Howlett writes about Boston Brahmin painter Gertrude Beals Bourne (1868-1962). Lavishly illustrated with color reproductions of her beautiful Impressionist watercolors of still life, seascapes, and paintings of flowers and gardens, the book chronicles the artist's life, times, and artistic style.

Born on Beacon Hill, Bourne grew up in the Back Bay and New York and began her career as a painter in the 1890s. In 1904 she married the architect Frank A. Bourne, and the couple moved to 130 Mount Vernon Street—known as "Sunflower Castle." Frank helped to found the Beacon Hill Association, Gertrude founded the Beacon Hill Garden Club, and the couple is credited with re-gentrifying Beacon Hill in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Among their friends were artists Laura Coombs Hills, Maurice Prendergast, his brother Charles Prendergast, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. After Frank A. Bourne died in 1936, Gertrude continued to paint and exhibit until shortly before her death in 1962. Her work was shown at such venues as the Boston Art Club, the New York Watercolor Club, the American Watercolor Society, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

This long over-due portrait of a significant American Impressionist painter will appeal to art historians and collectors, as well as those interested in Boston history.

About the Author

D. ROGER HOWLETT is President of the Childs Gallery. He is the author of William Partridge Burpee: American Marine Impressionist, also distributed by Northeastern University Press. He lives in Boston. PATRICIA HILLS is Professor of Art History at Boston University.

Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Bookshelves At Childs GalleryQuick View
15×19IN.
Bookshelves
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: La Biancheria (after John Singer Sargent) At Childs GalleryQuick View
15×21IN.
$6,500
La Biancheria (after John Singer Sargent)
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Marlia Garden: Lucca, Italy [after John Singer Sargent] At Childs GalleryQuick View
14×21IN.
$6,500
Marlia Garden: Lucca, Italy
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Orange Marshlands At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×27IN.
$6,500
Orange Marshlands
Watercolor by Gertrude Beals Bourne: [M.I.T. at Sunset], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
20×25IN.
$5,500
[M.I.T. at Sunset]
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Three Women And Pink House At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×19IN.
$5,200
Three Women and Pink House
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Market Scene With Minaret, Sarajevo At Childs GalleryQuick View
25×19IN.
$5,200
Market Scene with Minaret, Sarajevo
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Man Carrying Water, Caribbean At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×19IN.
$5,000
Man Carrying Water, Caribbean
Watercolor by Gertrude Beals Bourne: Mt. Winthrop and Moses Ledge, Androscoggin River, Shelburne,, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
21×14IN.
$5,000
Mt. Winthrop and Moses
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Grain Market, Fez, Morocco At Childs GalleryQuick View
17×20IN.
$4,800
Grain Market, Fez, Morocco
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Garden With Cockatoos At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×25IN.
$4,800
Garden with Cockatoos
Watercolor by Gertrude Beals Bourne: St. Lawrence River, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
18×24IN.
$4,500
St. Lawrence River
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: [birds Of Paradise] At Childs GalleryQuick View
22×19IN.
$4,500
[Birds of Paradise]
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: [cactus Flowers] At Childs GalleryQuick View
21×19IN.
$4,500
[Cactus Flowers]
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Path In The Bushes At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×25IN.
$4,500
Path in the bushes
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Mt. Washington, Winter [new Hampshire] At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×24IN.
$4,500
Mt. Washington, Winter [New Hampshire]
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Lobster Pots Brittany, France At Childs GalleryQuick View
14×19IN.
$4,500
Lobster Pots - Brittany, France
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Boat With Red Roof At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×25IN.
$4,500
Boat with Red Roof
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Boats And Seagulls At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×25IN.
$4,200
Boats and Seagulls
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Hacienda At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×14IN.
$4,200
Hacienda
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Baskets On Heads At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×19IN.
$4,200
Baskets on Heads
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Fountain With Orange Umbrella At Childs GalleryQuick View
14×16IN.
$4,200
Fountain with Orange Umbrella
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Diamond Head At Childs GalleryQuick View
1978×2618IN.
$4,000
Diamond Head
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Cockatoos At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×2334IN.
$4,000
Cockatoos
Watercolor by Gertrude Beals Bourne: Seagulls and Tidal Flats, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
10×18IN.
$4,000
Seagulls and Tidal Flats
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Yellow Striped Boat (gloucester, Ma) At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×25IN.
$3,800
Yellow Striped Boat (Gloucester, MA)
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Dog Fountain And Garden At Childs GalleryQuick View
15×18IN.
$3,800
Dog Fountain and Garden
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Waves And Rocks At Childs GalleryQuick View
2512×20IN.
$3,800
Waves and Rocks
Watercolor by Gertrude Beals Bourne: Crane Estate Gardens, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
15×17IN.
$3,800
Crane Estate Gardens
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Sailboats, Corea Harbor, Maine At Childs GalleryQuick View
16×19IN.
$3,600
Sailboats, Corea Harbor, Maine
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: Sailboat And Rocks At Childs GalleryQuick View
1312×1938IN.
$3,500
Sailboat and Rocks
Watercolor by Gertrude Beals Bourne: Pansies, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
10×13IN.
$3,500
Pansies
Watercolor By Gertrude Beals Bourne: [marshes, Ipswich] At Childs GalleryQuick View
9×19IN.
$3,500
[Marshes, Ipswich]
Watercolor by Gertrude Beals Bourne: Garden in Slottery - Larkspur and Poppies, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
14×10IN.
$2,200
Garden in Shottery - Larkspur and Poppies
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