Discover Portsmouth center to enjoy Impressionist painter Tarbell's work
By JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor | February 24. 2016 1:17PM
Tarbell (1862-1938) was a pioneer of the Boston School of painting, and he’s known as one of Ten American Painters who banded together to further their artistic approach. His work is evocative of 17th-century Dutch artists, imbued with rich hues and an emphasis on light, tone and delicate brushwork, according to exhibit literature. He crafted warmly engaging scenes, making viewers feel as though they’d just rounded a corner in his house to find family members engrossed in a task or game, or stumbled upon them enjoying a sun-drenched day at water’s edge.
“Tarbell’s family played a strong role in his artwork,” said Allison Galliher, director of programming at the Portsmouth Historical Society and Discover Portsmouth. “His family life ... is interwoven as the subject of many of his works of art. His wife, children and even the family dog posed for him on numerous occasions. He was able to capture daily life of the family in his paintings both inside their home and on the grounds of their New Castle property.”