ANTHONY THIEME (Dutch-American, 1888 - 1954)

Anthony Thieme was born in Rotterdam, Holland where his parents sent him to naval school.  The military training did not take with the young artist and he went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam; the Royal Academy at The Hague; as an apprentice artist in Dusseldorf under George Hoecker, Germany’s foremost stage designer; and at the School of Fine Arts in Turn.  He worked as a stage designer in Europe, England and South America before coming to the United States in 1917.  He settled in Boston in 1919, where he painted and designed stage sets for the Copley Theatre, and illustrated books.  In 1927, he established a studio at Cape Ann in Rockport, Massachusetts, where he taught summer painting classes; establishing the Thieme School of Art in 1929.  He is said to have painted the red lobster shack, Motif #1, more times that any other artist and his work from this period is some of the most coveted.  As an Impressionist painter, he was well known for his serene seascapes and shore scenes.  He was greatly influenced by the Dutch seascape tradition, and was very interested in the effects of light on water.  In 1946, Thieme traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, where he was inspired by the intense light and color of the Southern landscape.  While there, he painted scenes of the elaborate wrought iron and flower blossoms he saw along the streets of the city. That same year his studio burned, destroying most of his un-sold work.  He continued to travel to St. Augustine, Nassau, Guatemala, the Riviera and Spain until his death in 1954.  Paintings by Thieme are found in many important public and private collections of American art, including collections of southern art.


Royal Academy, Holland

In Italy and Germany

George Hoecker

Guiseppe Mancini




National Academy of Design, NYC, 1930-1934

Art Institute of Chicago, 1928-32

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1928-35

Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1930, 1932

Carnegie Art Museum, 1933

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1930, 1931 (prize)

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1932

Detroit Institute of Arts, 1931

Salmagundi Club, 1929 (prize), 1931 (prize)

Gloucester Art Association, 1928 (prize)

Springfield Art League, 1927 (prize), 1928 (prize)

North Shore Artists Association, 1930 (prize)

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 1930 (prize)

Jordan Marsh Exhibition, 1944 (medal)

New York Watercolor Club, 1930 (prize)

Tercentenary Exhibition, Boston, 1930

Ogunquit Art Center, 1930

New Haven Paint and Clay Club, 1931 (prize)

Washington Watercolor Club, 1931 (prize)

Buck Hill Falls Art Association, Pennsylvania, 1938 

St. Louis Art Museum, 1933

Royal Academy, London

Springville, Utah, 1928 (prize), 1931 (prize)

Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels

France and Holland


Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Pittsfield Museum of Art, Massachusetts

Albany Institute of History and Art

Dayton Art Institute

City of New Haven Collection

Springville Museum of Art

University of Iowa

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art

Beach Collection, Storrs, Connecticut

Montclair Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

New Britain Art Museum, Connecticut

Robert P. Coggins Collection of Southern Art

Morris Museum of Art, Georgia

Farnsworth Art Museum

Ackland Art Museum

Portland Art Museum

Columbia Museum of Art

Museum of Art at Brigham Young University                

The Lightner Museum

Whistler Museum of Art


Thieme School of Art, Rockport, Massachusetts


American Art Review Editors, “Anthony Thieme,” American Art Review (June 1994)

Chambers, Art and Artists of the South, The Robert P. Coggins Collection

Cooley, Rockport Sketchbook, Stories of Early Art and Artists

Curtis, Anthony Thieme

Curtis, “Images of A New England Seacoast,” American Art Review (Oct. 1998)

Curtis, “Anthony Thieme,” American Art Review (Oct. 1999)

Davies, Artists of Cape Ann: A 150 Year Tradition

Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975

Gerdts, Art Across America, Two Centuries of Regional Painting

Hughes, Artists in California: 1786-1940

Keny, “The Legacy of Cape Ann,” American Art Review (Oct. 1995)

Libby (ed.), Celebrating Florida, Works of Art from the Vickers Collection

Lippincott (ed.), Artists of the Rockport Art Association Sixtieth Anniversary Edition

Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers

Pennington, A Southern Collection

Pierce, The Ten


American Watercolor Society

Salmagundi Club

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts

Boston Art Club

Providence Watercolor Club

Boston Society of Arts and Crafts

North Shore Artists Association

Springfield Art League

Rockport Art Association

New York Watercolor Club

American Artists’ Professional League

Gloucester Society of Artists

Philadelphia Art Club

Art Alliance of Philadelphia

National Arts Club