History And Context


Sometime after 1911 Tack’s style began to shift. He began to apply his colors in a manner that playfully stitched a network of staccato dashes laid on the canvas in thick impasto somewhat reminiscent of Prendergast. This style is evident in Allegro Giocoso where he works with unblended pigments thickly laid in side by side in horizontal or radiating daubs to create a jewel-like effect. In this painting he records his family life in Deerfield, depicting not only his wife and children, but even the family dog. The pastoral and intimate mood of the canvas is enhanced by the twilight sky painted with soft tones of white fading to pink.

Tack’s pointillist technique in this work relates not only to Prendergast, but also to the French artist Georges Seurat and to Vincent van Gogh. Tack understood the “neoimpressionist” origins of his technique, writing: “Colors…placed in juxtaposition, pure and broken…at a certain focus…mix in the eye, give a sensation of solidity and envelopment more vivid and vital than conventional painting.” He traveled to France in this period to absorb first hand the more recent avant-garde styles.

More Works by Augustus Vincent Tack In the Collection


Study for Mr. Winthrop's Portrait
Augustus Vincent Tack
not dated
As the Ships Go Sailing By
Augustus Vincent Tack
1917
Untitled
Augustus Vincent Tack
not dated

The Voice of Many Waters
Augustus Vincent Tack
ca. 1923-ca. 1924
Volcanic Mountain, Honolulu
Augustus Vincent Tack
not dated
Winter
Augustus Vincent Tack
1934

Winter Landscape
Augustus Vincent Tack
ca. 1898-ca. 1902
Cartoon for Ceiling Decoration
Augustus Vincent Tack
not dated
Christ Bearing the Cross
Augustus Vincent Tack
not dated