Arthur Hoeber
American, 1854-1915

Arthur Hoeber was influenced less by his academic training in Paris with Jean-Léon Gérôme than by his experience in the American art colonies of Brittany, whose landscape made a lasting impression. Hoeber reproduced its quality of light and atmosphere in his American landscapes in Nutley, New Jersey, and Cape Cod, employing James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s design principles to create works of haunting and ambiguous reverie. His late work developed a more vigorous gestural style approaching Impressionism, which he used to express the energy of atmospheric light. Hoeber felt that there existed a symbiotic relationship between the artist and the landscape, a power that the artist harnesses to express nature’s hidden properties, especially in the vibrant tones of closely related hues.