Free Members’ Workshop: Crossing the Atlantic- Provincetown’s artistic roots in French Artist Colonies

Many artists who came to Provincetown in the early 20th century had lived and worked in the artists’ colonies of coastal Atlantic France. The outbreak of war in 1914 kept them from travelling abroad and in Provincetown they found a similar sense of place and motifs where they could apply the modern styles they had learned in France. Provincetown’s fishing community and landscapes provided themes that were explored by painters and printmakers in this new creative utopia at land’s end. This talk outlines a history of French artist colonies and draws from PAAM’s permanent collection to trace the creative synthesis of many places, artistic styles and genres that happened in Provincetown.