Arthur Cohen was one of the most prominent links in the chain binding Provincetown and the Art Students League of New York. He also studied with Edwin Dickinson at Cooper Union. Cohen — and his exquisitely understated landscapes — were part of the art scene for decades. His wife, the concert pianist Elizabeth Rodgers, was a frequent subject of his work. “He lived in the moment so intensely,” she told Deborah Minsky, writing in The Banner after his death in 2012. “Some of his paintings for me reflect a kind of peacefulness that he never had as a person but found when he looked at something.” The couple acquired this property in 1985. Their home (bottom) had been built by James Thomas as a workshop, then rigged up ingeniously by Cohen to serve a painter and a pianist. His own studio on this lot burned disastrously in 2008.
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