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Bryant Chapin

(1859-1927) Best known for his still life paintings, Bryant Chapin is also known to have painted landscapes and portraits. Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Chapin is considered a member of the Fall River School of Painters He studied with Robert S. Dunning and lectured throughout New England about art and painting. In Search of the Balance Between Aesthetic Proclivity […]

Charles Linford

(1846-1897) Pittsburgh-born Charles Linford also lived in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.  One of the Scalp-Level painters of Western Pennsylvania, Linford was a student of landscape painter George Hetzel. Influenced by the French Barbizon school, Linford’s favorite subject was birch trees within a fall landscape. Linford exhibited often at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ Annual […]

The Red Tower by Giorgio de Chirico. Oil on canvas, 1913. Guggenheim Museum (via Wikipedia)

Giorgio de Chirico

(1888-1978) Georgio de Chirico was an Italian artist and founder of the scuola metafisica art movement but later in life turned to a neoclassical or neo-Baroque style. Scuola metafisica paintings feature sharp contrasts of light and shadow and often have a vaguely threatening, mysterious quality. de Chirico studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He had a […]

Edward Hicks (American, 1780-1849). The Peaceable Kingdom, ca. 1833-1834. Oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum

Edward Hicks

(1780 – 1849) Edward Hicks was an American folk painter known for his “Peaceable Kingdom” biblical-based animal scenes, many which feature William Penn and native Americans. Raised with Quaker beliefs, Hicks apprenticed with a coach painter before working on his own as a coach painter. Strengthening his affiliation with the Quaker religion, Hicks began painting household farm […]

Ammi Phillips

(1788-1865) Connecticut-born portrait painter Ammi Phillips was forgotten until historians and collectors reconstructed his oeuvre in the mid 20th Century. Very few of the portraits are signed, however, one portrait noted that “George C. Sunderland Painted When at the Age of 21 years by Mr, Ammi, Phillips, In the fall 1840” and helped historians piece together the […]

Christian Walter

(1850-1924) Born in Pittsburgh, Christian Walter was a self-taught impressionist landscape painter. Walters learned to paint from viewing art exhibitions that came through Pittsburgh including the Carnegie International Exhibition in 1896. He served as President of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Several of his paintings are held in the collection of Penn State University.

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Charles Pears

(1873-1958) Born in Yorkshire, England and active throughout his career as an illustrator, Pears is best known as a marine painter. Relocating to London, his works were exhibited from 1904 to 1939. He worked also worked as an official War Artist during both the First and Second World Wars and often signed his work as Chas […]

Wharton Esherick

(1887-1970) Philadelphia-born Wharton Esherick is best known for his sculpture and furniture. Recognized as the “dean of American craftsmen,” Esherick is best known for his sculptural furniture and furnishings. He studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and became acquainted with wood when he began carving […]

Frederick Henry Brigden

(1871–1956) Born in England, landscape painter Frederick Henry Brigden emigrated to Canada with his family at a young age.  Brigden studied painting at the Toronto Students League under G.A. Reid. The son of a printer, Brigden helped found the Toronto Engraving Company and subsequently the Saturday Club, a group for artists and engravers working at his […]

Karl Benjamin

(1925-2012) Karl Benjamin is known for his paintings of vibrant geometric abstractions. Born in Chicago, Benjamin relocated to the Los Angeles area. Benjamin had no formal education when he began painting and only became interested when exploring the relationships of colors when developing art lessons for his elementary school students. He later took classes and […]