Andrew George Winter (1893-1958) American
Portland Head Lighthouse
Signed and dated (l.r): A. Winter /38
Titled (on the reverse): Portland Head Lighthouse
Oil on canvas
22″ x 28″
Condition: Excellent condition, (see condition report by Tom Yost).
Like so many other American artists, Andrew Winter was born overseas. A native of Sindi, Estonia, he spent his youth there before taking to the seas first on British ships and subsequently American ones. In 1921 Winter became an American citizen. The year he became a citizen, Winter enrolled in art classes at the National Academy of Design. In 1925 he was awarded the prestigious Mooney Traveling Scholarship by the Academy. It enabled him to return to Europe to further his studies in Paris and Rome. Winter also summered and studied on Cape Cod during this period.
The 1930’s mark the beginning of Winter’s love affair with Maine. Curious about the budding summer art colony on remote Monhegan Island he joined artists George Bellows, Robert Henri and Rockwell Kent and began painting the island. Winter settled on Monhegan as a full-time resident with his wife in 1940.
During his long painting career, Winter enjoyed widespread recognition. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Academy of Design and Salmagundi Club. Winter’s Maine paintings are cherished by collectors and institutions alike. His paintings are found in the collections of the Farnsworth in Maine, the High Museum in Atlanta and the Toledo Art Museum in Ohio.
Portland Head Lighthouse, located on the entrance to Portland’s harbor was painted in 1938, the year of New England’s most devastating hurricane. This iconic lighthouse has been a subject for numerous other Maine artists including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
Item ID: WoA-AMP-OC 366