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Life in America 1913-1943

Born to an undertaker and singer and into a family with a strong appreciation for the arts,   Fontaine was encouraged to be find his career at the earliest age possible. At the age of 13 he decided to be a painter. He gained his lifelong friend Leon Hovsepian with whom he painted  at the Worcester Art Museum school and then later at Yale.

The Depression, his education at the Worcester Art Museum School, work with the WPA, and his later education at Yale, were all artistic and life style foundations that he spent his life overcoming. He often stated that he had to "unlearn" all he learned at school to become the artist he wanted to be.

See the Worcester, Yale and Tortola pages to watch the transition.


This site was last updated on 08/09/00
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