Theodore Robinson (1852-1896)

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Theodore Robinson was one of the first American painters to experiment with Impressionism. His paintings ranged from miniature to mural, exploring varying subjects from landscape, to figural, to still life. The painter, from Wisconsin, studied briefly in Chicago before moving to New York where he attended the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. He spent much of his adult life abroad, traveling to study in Paris for several years then moving to Giverny, where he became close with Claude Monet.

He stayed in France for eight years, living next to Monet, before returning to America. He taught at several institutions on the East Coast and called New York City home. In 1896, he was asked to contribute to a book of essays called “Modern French Masters” by the editor and art historian John Charles Van Dyke. He wrote of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Monet. That same year, he wrote to Monet to tell him of his plan to move back to Giverny. His premature death, caused by an asthma attack, came just months later before he could fulfill his plan.

He was best known for his impressionistic landscape paintings, which held a conservative feel and pastel pallet. He was also noted for his genre paintings which depicted village life, boating scenes and farms. Several of his pieces are considered masterpieces in American Art.


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