Millcreek, Stroudwater, Maine
Oil on Canvas
12 x 15 1/4 inches
Signed Lower Right
Inventory ID: DH110
Rupert Scott Lovejoy was born in Portland, Maine on 3 June 1885. His mother was a painter and encouraged his interest in art. After she died, Rupert was pressed by his stepmother to choose between becoming a dentist or an undertaker. He decided in favor of the former and graduated with honors from Tufts University Dental School in 1909. Lovejoy's dream of becoming an artist continued, even grew after he entered professional life. To this end, he attended evening classes at the Portland Art School. As a member of the Portland Camera Club, he gained national and international distinction and won many prizes in pictorial photography. His prints of mountain scenes were used as models of composition.
A critic for the Boston Evening Transcript described his work as "delicate and deft." Later critics praised Lovejoy's oil paintings for their color harmony and composition. Lovejoy was capable of capturing the particular essence of atmosphere and the fleeting qualities of nature. He produced successful impressionism in the depiction of his native countryside; indeed, in his mature works his colorful imagery and dashing spontaneity might be termed a kind of American fauvism.
Numerous museums have exhibited Lovejoy's works. Among the more outstanding exhibitions were those at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Bowdoin College.
Permanent collections of Lovejoy's art exist in the Colby College Museum of Art, the Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center, and the Portland Museum of Art. The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga has Lovejoy's Westbrook Street, Stroudwater Village, which shows Griffin's house.