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Holiday Cards “December Moonrise” by Christopher Blossom
Set of 10 Holiday Cards.
Greeting reads: “May Your Days Be Merry & Bright This Holiday Season, With Fair Winds and Following Seas in the New Year.”
This winter scene depicts downtown Nantucket as it looked c. 1842. The brick building in the center is the Rotch Market, built in 1775. During this time the first floor was occupied by the Commercial Insurance Company, and across the street were the offices of Citizens Bank. The buildings in the foreground are the Gardner-Coffin warehouse and the Macy-Hussey warehouse, which bordered on the square at the lower end of Main Street. The area from the square to the wharves was filled with warehouses and businesses relating to the maritime industries of the island, most notably whaling. This entire section of town, including a large portion not pictured, was destroyed by fire in 1846. The fire initiated a decline in the fortunes of the island, which has recently been reversed by the tourist industry.
Christopher Blossom follows in a line of highly accomplished artists. Both his grandfather Earl and his father David were celebrated artists. Their influence combined with Blossom’s own unique approach to easel painting have led him to become regarded as one of the undisputed leaders of today’s generation of marine painters. Blossom attended the Parsons School of Design while working in the Industrial Design studio of Robert Bourke where he learned to accurately interpret blueprints of all kinds. Born in 1956, Blossom has received a level of recognition that most artists need a lifetime to achieve. At the age of twenty, he was awarded a “Scholarship Gold Medal” by the Society of Illustrators. He went on to become a charter member and then President of the American Society of Marine Artists. Blossom was accepted into the exclusive Society of Historical Artists. He is the only marine artist to have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Western Art, from whom he received a “Gold Medal” in 1991. Blossom’s distinctive painterly style, complex compositions, and subtle use of light are characteristics that have attracted collectors from all over the globe.
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