Bronxville by George Smille

George Henry Smillie, N.A., (1840-1921) Bronxville
9 x 12 3/4 / 15.5 x 19.5 in Frame with Burliuk Label, Oil on Masonite
Provenance: Nicolas Burliuk Art Gallery, Hampton Bays, NY

George Henry Smillie was a significant figure among American Landscapists of the last century. His career began before the Civil War and ended after the First World War. Trained in the manner of the Hudson River School, Smillie eventually loosened his brushstroke and heightened his palette to produce works which paralleled the interests of the American Impressionists. But he never abandoned the firm compositional structure of his formative years. He made trips to many parts of the country, including one to the Rocky Mountains which provided him with material for many paintings. It is for his scenes of the farms and shoreline of Long Island and New England, however, that he is best known. Smillie was born in New York City in 1840. His father, James Smillie, was a well known engraver, and as a boy George studied under him. He also studied painting with James McDougal Hart, an important landscape painter of the period. Two older brothers, James, Jr. and William, also became artists and engravers. In 1871, Smillie made a trip to the Rocky Mountains and the Yosemite Valley of California, to sketch and paint. He used the material he gathered for years afterward for oils and watercolors. Most of his paintings were mountain landscapes, but some also included the Indians then native to the two regions. Smillie also traveled to Florida to paint, but for most of his life he lived and worked in the New York City area. In 1881, He married Nellie Jacobs, a genre painter who had been a student of his brother James, and for many years the three shared a studio in suburban Bronxville. He died in Bronxville in 1921.

EXHIBITED:
New York Etching Club, 1884
Salmagundi Club, 1883
American Art Association, New York City, 1885, Prize
Saint Louis Expo, 1904, Medal
American Art Society, Philadelphia, 1907, Medal

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Oakland Museum, California
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

MEMBERSHIPS:
American Watercolor Society
National Academy of Design
Price upon request.

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