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Hugh Cabot (1930 – 2005)

Hugh Cabot, III (March 22, 1930 – May 23, 2005) was an American artist.  Best known for his oil paintings, he also worked with watercolor, pastels, graphite, charcoal, sculpture, and photography.

Cabot was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Hugh Cabot II, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, and Louise Melenson Cabot. Hugh Cabot III was an official United States Navy combat artist during the Korean War.  His art produced during the Korean War hangs in the Naval Historical Center, Navy Art Collection in Washington, D.C.

Cabot began spending time on Western ranches at the age of 12.  He commented in an interview in 2003 that he was never the same since, which has caused many to ask him: “Are you a Cabot or a cowboy?”  The answer, many thought, must be a bit of both.  Tall, with a lean and graceful look, Cabot spent several years working as a cowboy in West Texas, mainly to earn money so he could paint.

Cabot studied art at the Jesper George School of Fine Arts and the Boston Museum of Art. He explored the world of art in the Orient and in Europe where he was vastly impressed, he said, with the Great Masters, such as Rembrandt, and the French Impressionists.  Prior to that, he said, his ambitions were directed toward emulating the works of Western artists Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Will James.  After his travel, his artistic horizons expanded.

“When you see great paintings, there is something they are saying that stops you cold,” he said.  “I want mine to be a picture you can project yourself into. If you can’t say I’m feeling something after seeing my paintings, then I failed.”

Cabot is listed in Who’s Who in American Art; Who’s Who in International Art; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the West.  His works have been exhibited in many major museums throughout the United States and the world, and used as illustrations in several publications.

He lived and worked for 37 years in Tubac, Arizona, where his studio and gallery are located. Prior to Tubac he was in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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