In 1940, at twenty-seven, Paul graduated at the top of his class. He was honored by
receiving the the Winchester Wirt Fellowship to spend an entire year after graduation to
concentrate and strengthen his own style. As the importance of an artist depends upon his
own discoveries which he never learned in school, a true artist takes knowledge and
experience from art history upon which to build his own creative ideas. "The greater
the inspiration, the more the painting has something to say," said Fontaine.
Egg tempera on gesso panel
30"x20" , "Composed from sketches made while sailing to Nantuckett on an
old two-masted schooner from Boston, Mass."