The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, Massachusetts, Celebrating our Tradition: Guild of Boston Artists Early Works, July 10 to August 3, 2008.
Boston artist Wilbur Dean Hamilton painted with lively Impressionist brushwork, though he often used a more tonal palette. Hamilton studied first in Boston and at the Rhode Island School of Design where he first exhibited in 1885. He furthered his artistic education in Paris, where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Hamilton exhibited in the Paris Salon, a notoriously competitive atmosphere, as well as at the International Exposition.
Upon returning to Boston in 1892 as an established artist, he began to exhibit widely and frequently. Exhibition venues included the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of Design, the Atlanta Exposition, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Pan-Pacific Expo in San Francisco, where “his work was admired for its refinement and attention to detail.” (Trevor Fairbrother, The Bostonians: Painters of An Elegant Age (1986) p. 211). Hamilton was known for his atmospheric landscapes and waterfront scenes, such as this lovely Venetian scene done in 1890 when the artist took the opportunity to travel when not studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.