St. Ann's Chapel

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Dublin Core



We see a small chapel with terra cotta roof and a small bell. The only spots of color are the red roof tiles and the teal of bricks aroud the door. The rest of the painting is bleached, faded to hues of pale beige and blue. The door inside, framed by both the only vibrant blue in the painting, and by the circular arch of the chapel's portico, is made the focus of the painting. 

About the Artist: The son of Irish immigrants, Alger was born in Boston, MA and studied at the Lowell Institute of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Around 1914, he began dividing his time between Massachusetts and showing his work in New York group exhibitions; a 1921 review of the Whitney Studio Club declared that its “chief interest centers about the technical novelty of John Alger. He has painted some sand dunes with a sweeping grace despite the fact that his colors, always modest, are laid down flatly and without accent” (New York Tribune 18 Dec. 1921: 50). Another admiring critic thought Alger had “developed a point of view which represents the utmost in simplification without, however, becoming in any sense of the word an abstractionist” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle 7 Mar. 1926: 66). Alger was a founding member of the Salons of America. In later years, he seems to have taught art lessons in addition to his painting. 5 more images at FAP.


Alger, John [Herbert], 1879-1967







Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

Physical Dimensions

19.5 x 15.5 in.
Condition: canvas stained, surface dirt