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Joseph Fontaine
Snow at Wellesley College
Oil on canvas
25 x 31 inches
Joseph Fontaine
Flowers in Bloom,
The Artist’s Garden
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches

(American, 1930-2004)

“Joe” Fontaine was born in Springfield, MA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University (1951), served as an officer in the U.S. Navy (1953-1955) and Harvard University Law School (LLB, 1958). He attended classes at the Fogg Museum of Art (1982-1983), toured Europe studying art from the Renaissance to the Expressionists, became highly influenced by the landscapes of John Joseph Enneking, Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson and he was for two decades one of Boston’s leading lawyers before the self-taught artist left law to become a full-time easel painter.

Awards include Fist Prize, Brockton Art Museum 1984, 1985 and Honorable Mention in 1987. One-man exhibitions include M.I.T. (1985); Crane Collection, Wellesley, MA (1986); Copley Society of Boston (1980-1986, 1989,1991, 1992); Brockton Art Museum (1985); Babson College (1988); Springfield Museum of Art (1990); Lily Pad Gallery, Charlestown, RI (1992); David Findlay Gallery, New York City (1992); Borgia Gallery, Elms College, Chicopee, MA (1992) and more.

Fontaine paints with loose impressionistic brushwork familiar scenes of Boston’s Fenway, the Boston Commons, Newbury Street in the snow and other Boston winter sentinels that are so popular Kennedy Studios has sold Limited Edition prints of his work throughout the Northeast for over a decade and H. George Caspari of New York & Zurich, Art Cards and other publishers have printed and sold hundreds of thousands of cards and color posters saluting his paintings.

Painting on location and painting en pleinaire throughout New England, Fontaine admits he admires Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and Degas, John H. Twachtman, John Joseph Enneking, Theodore Robinson and Childe Hassam the most. He finishes canvases in one of his two studios and his virtuoso brush splashes with vital exuberance brush strokes that create beautiful timeless portraits of places in New England.

The artist fought a long-hard fight with cancer and died in Bonito Bay, Florida on January 13, 2004 while “vacationing” in his winter home there.