Image: Provincetown
(Shelby, Ohio, 1858 - 1940, Cleveland, Ohio)

Provincetown , c. 1920s

Oil and graphite on fiberboard
31 1/4 in. x 27 1/4 in. (79.38 cm x 69.22 cm)
Gift of Ms. Charlette Erf
1970.55
Perhaps best known for his later landscape paintings, Ora Coltman was referred to as the “dean of Cleveland’s art colony.” Critics considered the paintings Coltman executed in Provincetown among his best, helping him perfect his sense of color and light. During his summers painting in Cape Cod, Coltman specialized in scenes of the area’s domestic architecture, sunny streets lined with New England elms, as in 'Provincetown.' Coltman himself described the effects that Provincetown had on him: “After a year at Provincetown, I began to lose my notions about painting and to see that styles in painting change with different periods. I rather like the modern work now, whereas in my youth I would have rebelled at it in all its aspects.”
  
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