Joseph Rodefer Decamp USA
11-5-1858 Cincinnati, USA - 2-11-1923 Boca Grande, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Joseph Rodefer Decamp born in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he studied with Frank Duveneck. In the second half of the 1870s he went with Duveneck and fellow students to the Royal Academy of Munich. He then spent time in Florence, Italy, returning to Boston in 1883
Joseph Rodefer Decamp became known as a member of the Boston School led by Edmund Charles Tarbell and Emil Otto Grundmann, focusing on figure painting, and in the 1890s adopting the style of Tonalism. He was a founder of the Ten American Painters, a group of American Impressionists, in 1897. Following Thomas Hovenden's sudden death in 1895, Joseph Rodefer Decamp was hired to teach at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but resigned after one year because of ill health. From 1903 until his death in 1923, he was a faculty member at Massachusetts Normal Art School, now Massachusetts College of Art and Design, teaching painting from the living model and portraiture.
A 1904 fire in his Boston studio destroyed several hundred of his early paintings, including nearly all of his landscapes. In 1902, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.
Farewell (1902), private collection. Set an auction record for a work by Joseph Rodefer Decamp – Christie's NY, in December 2013, at $821,000. The Portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt (1908), is at Harvard University.
Art Movement: Tonalism
Influences: Frank Duveneck
Traveled: Italy, Germany