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Niles Spencer
20th century
(Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1893 - 1952, Dingman's Ferry, Pennsylvania)

worked Providence, RI (summers in Ogunquit, Maine), 1913-1915; New York, 1915-1917; Ogunquit (frequent trips to New York), 1917-1921; Europe, 1921-1922; New York (summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and trip to Europe, 1928-1929), 1923-1949; Dingman's Ferry, Pennsylvania-Sag Harbor, New York-New York, 1949-1952. Spencer, a child of a successful industrial family, spent his youth in his native Rhode Island prior to his tutelage under Robert Henri and George Bellows at the Ferrer School in New York. His work shares certain qualities with Precisionist painting, particularly its cubist-realist representation of industry as a potent symbol of American modernism. Spencer’s architectural landscapes are distinguished, however, by their looser brushstroke and subtle tonalities.

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