The Sight & Insight Podcast

Episode 10 Gertrude Fiske: American Master

June 4, 2018

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Join David, Connie, and Judy as they discuss their visit to the Gertrude Fiske American Master exhibition at Portsmouth Historical Society – Discover Portsmouth – 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

From the back cover of the catalogue: 

The combination of Fiske’s originality and selective eye, as well as her broad brush manner and audacious color, helped her become of America’s most individualistic painters, and raised the bar in the genre of American Impressionism. — Judith A. Curtis

Fiske spent seven years training at the Boston Museum School with Tarbell, Benson and Hale, while also studying with Charles Woodbury at his summer school in Ogunquit, Maine. A founding member of the Guild of Boston Artists, Fiske’s work covers the gamut of finely worked portraits to lusciously colored plein air paintings of Portsmouth and the surrounding seacoast.


An extensive catalogue – Gertrude Fiske: American Master with Sisters of the Brush & Palette and Seacoast Masters Today, Softcover, 8¼ x 9, 108 pgs, color & bw, ISBN 978-0-915819-47-8. $35.00 – accompanies the show, featuring all 66 works by Gertrude Fiske.

Judy, David and Connie were awestruck at the color and consistent quality of Fiske’s work – hence Judy’s confusion at the beginning of the episode – or perhaps it was the lack of caffeine. No matter, hopefully she will be suitably coherent when she appears as one of the speakers at the Gertrude Fiske: Her Art and Her World, Symposium I on Saturday, June 16, 9am-3pm, coffee, refreshments, and lunch provided. Call ahead for tickets.

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Until next week, when the trio will be discussing color – paint on!

Connie, Judy and David