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William Lester Stevens

(Rockport, MA, 1888 - 1969, Greenfield, MA)

William Lester Stevens was born in Rockport MA in 1888. He began his art education taking lessons from a marine painter, Parker Perkins, in his hometown. He later studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston for four years under Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale, and William Paxton. Stevens went on to serve in the army and continued his art education in Europe. After his return, Stevens began teaching, first at Rockport, then Boston University and Princeton. His work was particularly well received in the South, spending time in North Carolina teaching and showing his work and became extremely prolific. His early works are recognizable by thick, impasto oil paint but towards the end of his career he leaned more towards translucent washes of acrylic or watercolor. Stevens died in Greenfield, MA in 1969.

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