Arthur Watson Sparks Biography | Oil Paintings.

4-1871 Washington DC, USA – 8-12-1919 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

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Sparks, Arthur Watson

A landscape and genre painter, Arthur Watson Sparks was trained as an architect and while working in that field, he also studied art at night at the Corcoran Art School in D.C. under Howard Helmick.

In 1898 Arthur Watson Sparks won a design competition for a proposed Hall of American Inventions to be built at the 1900 Paris Expo. Sparks remained in Paris for ten years after completing the Expo building, and he studied art at Académie Julian studying under Laurens. In 1902 he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to study with Cormon and Bouguereau for two years, and during this time he also traveled classmates to Italy, Belgium, Spain, Morocco, and Algeria. He was much impressed with the painting of Claude Monet and the new movement of Impressionism and Sparks painted colorful scenes of relaxed figures in dappled, suffused light. Sparks remained in France for ten years.

Arthur Hamerschlag, head of Andrew Carnegie's new Carnegie Technical Schools, in Pittsburgh, hired Arthur Watson Sparks as the founding head of the Department of Painting and Illustration, where he taught for eleven years until 1919, when he resigned to join the art colony at New Hope, Pennsylvania to be near his friend the artist Edward Redfield. Sparks, however, contracted Spanish influenza and died in Philadelphia that same year.

Art Movement: Impressionism.
Artists Influencing Arthur Watson Sparks: Howard Helmick, Jean-Paul Laurens, Claude Monet, William Bouguereau.
He Traveled To France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Morocco, Algeria.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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