Arnold Whitman Knauth
June 7, 2017
Arnold Whitman Knauth II
Oct. 18, 1918 to June 7, 2017
Uncle Arnold, age 98 spreading good cheer (fudge) to the
Grands Easter 2017
In the modern day and age of bluster and boast, Uncle Arnold set the example
for his descendents….three generations who learned that being soft spoken,
understated and attentive would bring them into a world of keen observation.
He taught them pleasure in the smallest things and brought a sense of humor
as self-deprecating as it was wise.
Arnold grew up in New York City and Quissett Harbor between
the wars. His subsequent education at Middlesex School, Harvard University
and the National Academy of Design added breadth and curiosity, two
essential qualities for a great artist. By happenstance Harrison Cady lived
on the same floor at 27 West 67th in Manhattan and Arnold looked to Harrison
as an advocate. Eventually Arnold settled into Rockport across from the Cady
home. Arnold’s father Oswald was a famous economist and advised his son that
being an artist was a mistake. Against all odds Arnold persevered and
flourished. His grandfather, George Henry Clements, was an artist and gave
Uncle Arnold’s recognition is too ecumenical and ongoing to
properly catalogue; among his prizes are the George Sill Leonard, the Burton
T. Bush, Allied Artists Gold Medal of Honor, the Epstein Prize, the Arthur
C. Hill Award, the Bronze medal of Honor at the National Arts Club, the
Salmagundi Club prize….the list goes on through 98 years with exhibitions at
the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Art Association and The Guild
of Boston Artists, among others.
He was the last of his generation and with him we now hold
close so many memories of wonderful visits with him. Truly it was a
matchless time. Lucky for us he left behind his amazing observation of the
world. A gift he was and we his lucky audience.