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Paul Dougherty (1877-1947)

 

Paul Dougherty was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1877.  Like his father before him, Dougherty studied law and passed the bar exam, allowing him to begin a law career he’d never start.  Eschewing law for art, Dougherty entered the Art Students League in New York, followed by five years of further studies in London, Paris, Munich, Florence, and Venice.

 

Dougherty returned to the U.S. in 1905 and two years later was elected in to the National Academy of Design.  A masterful marine painter, Dougherty’s powerful and moody paintings of the coast of Maine were compared quite favorably to the works of Winslow Homer.

 

Seeking relief from arthritis, Dougherty moved out west to Arizona in 1928, and eventually to the Carmel Highlands in 1931, where he found a perfect coastline on which to focus his talents.  His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, and the Fort Worth Museum in Texas, among others.  Paul Dougherty died in Palm Springs, California in 1947.



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