Cape Cod, MA - The artwork of this prodigious Cape Cod artist spanned the artistic movements of his time, as William H. Littlefield (1902-69) embraced both traditional figurative work in his early years and explored abstract expressionism in the 1950’s. He worked in wide-ranging media such as oils and collages, woodcuts, drawing and crayon sketches. Previously unknown works have been discovered and will be exhibited here for the first time.
This show is curated by James R. Bakker, a private art consultant and independent curator. He is a trustee and past President of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and President of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.
“James Bakker has brought together representative examples of Littlefield’s work from diverse periods and established concrete links between the art of Cape Cod and the larger world,” said Elizabeth Ives Hunter, CCMA executive director. On exhibit until 27, August.
Littlefield was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1902, graduated from Harvard in 1924, and pursued his dream of artistic study in France for almost five years. Returning to Boston, he became well known for his figure paintings, often inspired by mythology. After wartime service and WPA work, he set up residence in his parent’s summer home in Falmouth. In 1946 he became co-founder and co-director of the Cape Cod Art Association in Hyannis.
In 1951, the artist attended a summer workshop in Falmouth, with guest teachers from the New York art world including Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Franz Kline. Exploring a new direction in abstract painting, he went on to study intensely in New York and with Hofmann in Provincetown. By the mid-50’s he had established himself as an Abstract Expressionist.