Art: Master of Provincetown

When Painter Charles W. Hawthorne first came upon Provincetown, Mass., in 1898, it was a fishing town inhabited mostly by Portuguese who had scarcely ever seen a tourist, let alone an artist. Today the quaint town at the top of Cape Cod is a bustling art colony overrun by tourists, and no one doubts that Hawthorne—one of the great art teachers of his time—was above all the man responsible.

Last week, nearly 31 years after his death, 129 of his works were on display in a large memorial exhibition in the old Methodist Church on...

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