19th Century

Winslow Homer: Creating Uniquely American Watercolors

2017-06-05T11:23:55+00:00

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries American artists copied the techniques, and worked in the shadows of, European watercolorists. Watercolors in America were used to make maps, record forays into the country and illustrate texts. Winslow Homer’s watercolor paintings changed all that and influenced many other painters to produce such great works in watercolors that, [...]

Winslow Homer

2017-06-05T11:23:59+00:00

Photograph of Winslow Homer taken in N. Y., 1880, albumen print by Napoleon Sarony, American, 1821-1896. Gift of the Homer Family, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Quiet, thoughtful and seclusive, Winslow Homer became one of America’s most beloved artists. Homer was able to capture the raw beauty of people, the land and, especially, the sea. [...]

Louis Aston Knight

2016-10-11T12:48:54+00:00

Louis Aston Knight (1873-1948) was the son of the American expatriate painter, Daniel Ridgway Knight. Louis Aston Knight was born in America and began studying art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. In 1872, he traveled to Paris and continued to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Thereafter, he remained in Europe, and studied in the academic [...]

William Paxton

2017-06-05T11:23:56+00:00

William McGregor Paxton (June 22, 1869 – 1941) William Paxton (1869-1941) is best known as a portrait painter. He co-founded The Guild of Boston Artists and he is identified with the Boston School. He was well known for his extraordinary attention to the effects of light and detail in flesh and fabric. Paxton's compositions were most often idealized young [...]

Maurice Prendergast

2016-12-11T15:52:36+00:00

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (October 10, 1858 – February 1, 1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist who worked in oil, watercolor, and monotype. He exhibited as a member of The Eight, though the delicacy of his compositions and mosaic-like beauty of his style differed from the philosophy of the group. Bibliography: Walter Pach. "The Eight Then and Now." [...]

William Trost Richards

2016-10-11T12:49:10+00:00

William Trost Richards (1833-1905) was one of the foremost proponents of the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. Meticulously faithful factual rendering was deemed essential, and throughout his life, Richards practiced this tenet. His views of the White Mountains are almost photographically identifiable, yet he imbues them with a delicacy and atmospheric quality that makes them extraordinarily beautiful. Richards was [...]

James McNeil Whistler

2016-10-11T12:49:29+00:00

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, James Whistler (1834-1903) became one of the most influential late 19th-century American painters and etchers, although he lived primarily in England. He worked in a wide variety of styles that included Impressionism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau. He was especially influential in the Tonalist movement and was a catalyst for those who wanted to [...]

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