Backstreet, Provincetown

by Pauline Palmer (1867–1938)
Oil on board
19⅞ x 24 inches
Signed lower right: Pauline Palmer.

Information

Provenance

D. Clinton Hynes Fine Art, Chicago, Illinois

Private collection, Illinois

Private collection, Rhode Island

Sale, Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut, October 27, 2016, lot 64, from above

Private collection, Milford, Connecticut

Sale, Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut, April 29, 2021, lot 123, from above

Exhibited

Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois, Pauline Palmer: American Impressionist, 1867–1938, March 10–April 8, 1984, no. 16

Literature

(Likely) Pauline Palmer: American Impressionist, 1867–1938 (Peoria, IL: Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, 1984), n.p., no. 16.

Note: Palmer lived mainly in Chicago and then in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in her later years. Palmer’s paintings of Provincetown summer streets are emblematic of the era, when it was still a quaint artist’s colony and not yet a busy tourist destination.

Artist Biography

An Illinois native, Pauline Lennards Palmer studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later in Paris. During her lifetime she exhibited more than 250 paintings at the Art Institute, which later created a purchase prize in her name. In her 1938 obituary, the New York Times referred to her as “one of the leading women painters in America.” She was honored with a memorial exhibition at the Art Institute the following year. With her husband, she summered in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and after his death in 1920, she spent much more time at her studio there, becoming a part of

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An Illinois native, Pauline Lennards Palmer studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later in Paris. During her lifetime she exhibited more than 250 paintings at the Art Institute, which later created a purchase prize in her name. In her 1938 obituary, the New York Times referred to her as “one of the leading women painters in America.” She was honored with a memorial exhibition at the Art Institute the following year. With her husband, she summered in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and after his death in 1920, she spent much more time at her studio there, becoming a part of the thriving artist colony in the fishing village.

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