Paul Dougherty (artist)

Paul Hampden Dougherty (September 6, 1877 – January 9, 1947) was an American marine painter. Dougherty (pronounced dog-er-tee) was certified for his American Impressionism paintings of the coasts of Maine and Cornwall in the years after the face of the 20th century. His show has been described as bold and masculine, and he was best known for his many paintings of breakers crashing adjoining rocky coasts and mountain landscapes. Dougherty next painted still lifes, created prints and sculpted.

The son of a prominent attorney, Dougherty graduated from law teacher and passed the bar, but chose art higher than the law. His artistic training was relatively brief. An erudite man and a world traveler, Dougherty sketched and exhibited extensively on both the east and west coasts of the United States, in the British Isles, throughout Europe and in Asia. He spent the first half of his career based in the east, but he moved west in 1928 and eventually spent the summers in Carmel, California and the cooler winter months in the desert. Dougherty won almost every major rave review at the annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design in New York, as capably as a Gold Medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. By 1915 many American museums had purchased his works for their enduring collections. He was elected to membership of the National Academy of Design.

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