A typically Academic painter, albeit with a better sense of humor than most, Henri Brispot focused on genre paintings poking gentle fun at human foibles and either showing the upper middle class, to which he belonged, occupying itself with frivolous pastimes including card games, shopping at the open air book stalls along the Seine, or showing up the pretensions of the peasantry: as an 1897 review in The New York Times describes: M.H. Brispot will poke fun at provincial France . . . In front of the village Mairie a poor old woman appears, and the chipper Prefect orates as...
Created by: Brispot, Henri
American Impressionist Lilla Cabot Perrys In the Bohmerwald not only captures the dappled sunshine of the Bohemian forest after which it is named, but also reflects the painting style she learned in Giverny, France. Having first experienced marriage and motherhood, Perry did not begin formal artistic training until age 36. When her husbands career took them to Paris, she discovered the work of the Impressionists. Moving to Giverny, she was the rare visiting artist to attract the attention and advice of French Impressionist Claude Monet. Return visits to America helped secure her reputation as an emerging artist. In 1893, she...
Created by: Perry, Lilla Cabot
Most of the well-known western artists of the late 19th century depicted Native Americans almost solely as warriors, the fearsome enemy of the civilizing white settlers and troops. Not only was Russell comparatively rare in his sympathy for the Indian's situation, he was also virtually unique in his depiction of their domestic life, particularly the role of women within Indian societies. Russell had himself lived among the Blood Indians for a time and rumors persisted that he had once had an Indian bride before his marriage to Nancy. Indian Beauty Parlor depicts the tender attention a young wife gives to...
One of the rare Western artists who actually came from the West, Alexander Proctor was born in Colorado. Drawn to art, he sold his Colorado homestead to finance his art education at New York's National Academy of Design and Art Students League. After winning his first commission, he moved to Paris and studied under the great American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Later, he won the prestigious art student prize, the Rineheart Scholarship; to fulfill its requirements, Proctor sculpted this Blackfoot warrior, using sketches he had made on a trip to Montana and the style of the French sculptors les animaliers. The...
Created by: Proctor, Alexander Phimister
In the early 20th century, Modernist artists found a new sponsor and subject when socialite and art collector Mabel Dodge Luhon helped sponsor an art colony in Taos, New Mexico. The new colony, which focused on Southwestern subjects, including the Native American population and surrounding desert and mountain scenery, and depicted them without the narrative structure or sentimental nostalgia of earlier artists, attracted painters like Joseph Henry Sharp, Nikolai Fechin, Georgia OKeeffe, and E.M. Hennings. Ernest Martin Hennings began his career as a commercial artist specializing in murals. Unsatisfied doing commercial work, he left to study at the Royal Academy...
Created by: Hennings, E.M.