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Daniel Huntington (1816-1906)

“Of unblemished character, dignified yet courteous in manner and address, with social talents of high order, he represented not alone the [National] Academy [of the Arts] but the profession with distinguished success.,” [1]    So said the president of the … Continue reading

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Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924)

Maurice Brazil Prendergast, great late 19th – early 20th century American artist, is not known as a portrait artist, but on the anniversary of his birth, October 10, 1858, I include several portraits and a link to a biography and to a slide show … Continue reading

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Frank Duveneck (1848-1919)

Frank Duveneck. Who? An artist who could paint a portrait as fine as Portrait of a Man (Richard Creifelds) and who influenced a generation of artists, arguably helping change the face of American art. He was born in Covington, Kentucky, October … Continue reading

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John White Alexander (1855-1915)

He was an orphan, and at the age of 12, a drop-out working as telegram delivery boy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company president, Edward J. Allen, encouraged him to return to school. Alexander graduated and moved to New York in 1874, where … Continue reading

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Emotion through posture and composition: Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

Today is the 178th birthday of Winslow Homer (1836-1910). He is not known as a portrait artist. Perhaps his best is at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid Spain: his 1872 portrait of the woman whom some say was the love … Continue reading

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Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860): Portraits of his family

Today, 236 years ago, Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860) was born.  Portraits associated with his name number 645, according to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Catalog of American Portraits.  Over 50 portrayed George Washington and 20, Martha Washington, both of whom he … Continue reading

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Judge Priestly McBride: Is a middle name important?

The name of the subject of the George Caleb Bingham portrait, Judge Priestly Haggin McBride, always struck me as one of the most robust of names.  Each word is strong and memorable. Said as a trio they explode with power. In December … Continue reading

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Thomas Hovenden (1840-1895)

On the FaceBook page for this site,www.facebook.com/FineArtInvestigations,  I celebrate American portrait artists on their birthdays. December 28 marked the 173rd anniversary of the birth of Thomas Hovenden (1840-1895). He deserves more than a mention. He deserves at least a short blog. … Continue reading

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