Vernon B. Smith (1894 - 1969)
After the Snow, 1952
Oil on masonite
20 x 24 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: Vernon / Smith 1952
Kraushaar Gallery, New York, New York (label verso)
Vernon B. Smith was born in Cortland, New York in 1894. By 1918, he had gone to study at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts in Paris. Smith also spent time on Cape Cod where he studied with Charles Hawthorne, the founder of the Provincetown School of Art. He eventually settled in the town of Orleans where he became a teacher in the Orleans public school system.
During the Depression years of 1934-1937, he was Regional Director of the WPA. He exhibited at the Walker Gallery, Boston with a one-man show in 1934 and at the Institute of Modern Art, Boston, in 1939.
Smith was a founder and President of the Cape Cod Art Association and a member of the Provincetown Art Association and Eastern Art Association, among others.
Throughout his life, Smith participated in many, many exhibitions in a wide range of places including the Kraushaar Gallery, NYC from 1944-1965 with a solo exhibition there in 1947; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, both in 1946, the Henderson Gallery, Carmel, CA from 1960-66, starting with a solo exhibition and at many places on Cape Cod.
The works of Vernon Smith can be found at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, New Britain Museum, Dartmouth College Museum, Anchorage Museum, Cape Museum of Fine Arts and the Provincetown Art Association, among others.