Edward Lamson Henry Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
1-12-1841 Charleston, USA – 5-9-1919 New York, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
By age seven his parents had died and Edward Lamson Henry left Charleston and moved in with cousins in New York City. He began studying oil painting there and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1860 at age 21, he went to Paris and was lucky enough to be able to study in the art studios of Charles Gleyre and Gustave Courbet, a year before the Impressionist Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frédéric Bazille, and Alfred Sisley were to study in the same studio.
In 1862, he returned to the United States and was enlisted to serve as a clerk on a Union transport sailing ship during the American Civil War. After the war, he continued his oil painting and moved into the famous Tenth Street Studio Building, where Winslow Homer also had a studio. In 1869, Henry was elected to the National Academy of Design, New York.
Edward Lamson Henry was a painter of the frontier and early American rural life. Among his best-known works are some depicting the early advent of railroad travel, stage coach and canal boat journeys and interiors.
Henry was a member of the New-York Historical Society. Because of his great attention to detail, his paintings were thought to be authentic historical reconstructions, which they were not. Henry acquired an extensive collection of antiques, old photos, and assorted Americana curios which he used for research in his paintings.
Henry's "historical fictions" regularly depicted an untainted and agrarian America, one unperturbed by Civil War or by the growing industrialization, urbanization, and immigration that was taking place at breakneck speed during his career.
Art Movement: Realism
Artists Influencing Edward Lamson Henry: Charles Gleyre, Gustave Courbet
He Traveled To France