Edmund Charles Tarbell Biography | Oil Paintings.

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Tarbell, Edmund Charles

As a young teenager, Edmund Charles Tarbell took evening art classes from George H. Bartlett at the Massachusetts Normal Art School, and starting at the age of fifteen, from 1877 to 1880, he apprenticed at the Forbes Lithographic Company in Boston. In 1879, at the age of seventeen, he entered the School of the Museum of Fine Arts studying under Otto Grundmann, enrolled in the same art class with Robert Reid and Frank Weston Benson, who would all become future members of the Ten American Painters.

Edmund C. Tarbell was encouraged to continue his education in Paris, so in 1883 went and he entered the Académie Julian as a student of Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. In Paris, he was taught rigorous academic training, including the copying of the Old Master paintings at the Louvre Museum, but also was exposed to the new Impressionist movement being shown in the city's art galleries, this combination would form his painting style. In 1884, as part of Tarbell's education, he went on the Grand Tour of Italy, and the following year trips to Belgium, Germany, and Brittany. In 1886, having completed his education, Edmund Charles Tarbell, returned to Boston, where he began his career as an illustrator, private art instructor, and portrait painter.

In 1889, Edmund C. Tarbell took on the position of his former teacher, Otto Grundmann, at the Museum School in Boston. He was a popular teacher and he gave his students solid academic art training in drawing from plaster casts statues before they learned how to paint. His mainly female students included Bertha Coolidge, Margaret Fitzhugh Browne, Marie Danforth Page, Lilian Westcott Hale, Marguerite Stuber Pearson, and Francis Luis Mora, dubbed "The Tarbellites."

Edmund Charles Tarbell became a member of The Ten when the artists' group formed in 1898. John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, and Childe Hassam were the three founders of this new group, who were unhappy with the American art establishments conservatism, the three artists recruited seven others from Boston, New York City, intent on creating their exhibitions. The Ten achieved popular and critical success during its twenty years in existence.

In 1912, the Museum of Fine Arts hired Huger Elliott from the Rhode Island School of Design as Supervisor of Educational Work, charged with reorganizing the Museum School, which until that point dealt with its issues. An upheaval ensued after Elliott lectured Tarbell not only on how to teach but also on how to paint. Tarbell was frustrated and incensed, making it a well-known fact that he considered Elliott imaginatively and artistically inept. In December, Tarbell and his friend and fellow instructor Frank W. Benson both resigned. The two men discussed founding a new society to encourage art and artists in the city and with the financial backing from Lilla Cabot Perry, The Guild of Boston Artists was born in 1914, with Tarbell as its first president serving for ten years.

In 1918, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., hired Edmund Charles Tarbell as principal of the art school, a position he held until 1926, but after Huger Elliott resigned in 1920, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston wanted Tarbell back at the Museum School, and in 1925 he was appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Council. Five years later he would again resign because the school asked Augustus John to recommend English artists as instructors and Tarbell wanted American artists.

Art Movement: Impressionism Art.
Artists Influencing Edmund C. Tarbell: Otto Grundmann, Gustave Boulanger, Jules Joseph Lefebvre.
He Traveled To France, Italy, Belgium, Germany.
Painters Edmund Charles Tarbell Influenced: Margaret Fitzhugh Browne, F. Luis Mora, Lilian Westcott Hale.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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