A newspaper photographer captured these images of one of Rockport’s most famous painters, Anthony Thieme, in 1950, just four years before he tragically took his own life. Our famous red fishing shack, Motif No. 1, was a favorite subject of his; one article I read about Thieme said that he painted some 400 canvases just of Motif No. 1.
A native of Holland, Thieme moved to Rockport in 1929 at the urging of another famous Rockport artist, the sculptor Richard Recchia. From 1929 to 1943, Thieme operated the Thieme Summer School of Art, with students living in dormitories behind his house at 6 South Street.
Thieme’s works can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute in Chicago, and museums in London and Brussels.