His clients included Palm Beach and
New York socialites such as Phyllis Rhinelander and Alexander
Woolcott, comedienne Beatrice Lily, actress Florence Nash, and
authors Booth Tarkington and Kenneth Roberts. More subdued than
his partner, Coolidge spent most of his time at work, either
painting for shows at such prestigious New York midtown galleries
as the Kraushaar and Kleeman's or in the antique shop.
Because of his association with some of the most progressive
modern painters of his day, the paintings of Mountfort Coolidge
are more than just representative paintings chronicling the landndscape
around him, they are expressions of the landscape as he experienced
it, as a series of geometric and organic shapes and forms, patterns
of color, and of images of the time in which he lived. Although
man is seldom depicted in the landscape, he has in many instances
left his mark upon it in the form of a dwelling, road, stonewall,
or sailboat on the horizon. In these paintings we find strong
European as well as American influences. 'I'he houses that are
simplified forms set in the landscape owe a debt to Cezanne,
and the coloring not onlv that of' the French impressionists
but often that of the Fauves.Mountfort Coolidge painted tirelessly
for several decades. He became a member of the Ogunquit Art Association,
exhibiting locally. He also had several successful exhibitions
in Paris, New York, (Kraushaar Gallery, Boston (Margaret Brown
Gallery), Palm Beach (Society of the Four Arts), and elsewhere.
He died in Ogunquit, Maine, in 1954.
Coolidge painted plein air (outdoor) small canvas boards as studies
for his larger paintings and pastels. Working outdoors, in winter
as well as summer, sometimes in uncomfortable conditions, was
an American as well as French tradition. All
Mountford Coolidge paintings & pastels are from the estate
of Steven Hensel.