George Hitchcock USA

9-29-1850 Providence, USA - 8-2-1913 Marken, NED

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Hitchcock, George

George Hitchcock graduated from Brown University, and from Harvard Law School in 1874. Hitchcock practiced law in the second half of the 1870s but meeting with little success as a lawyer, took up painting and at age 29, left America and became one of the more well-known expatriate painters at the turn of the century. He became a pupil of Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian in Paris.

George Hitchcock attracted notice in the Paris Salon of 1885 with his "Tulip Growing", of a Dutch garden he painted in the Netherlands. His early work was quite muted, but he later became known as the "painter of sunlight" because of brightly colored florals and landscapes with abstract patterns of contrasting color. This transition was applauded by the public and exhibition judges in 1887 when he received a gold medal at the Paris Salon. For years he had a studio near Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, where he started his "Art Summer School" that later resulted in a group of returning summer artists that informally became the Egmondse School.

George Hitchcock became a chevalier of the French Legion of Honour and a member of the Vienna Academy of Arts, the Munich Secession Society, and other art bodies, and is represented in the Dresden gallery, the imperial collection in Vienna, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1909 he was elected to the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.

Movement: Realism
Influences: Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre
Traveled: France, Netherlands, Austria, Germany
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