Francis Davis Millet Biography | Oil Paintings

11-3-1848 Mattapoisett, USA - 4-15-1912 RMS Titanic

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Millet, Francis Davis

he At age fifteen, Francis Davis Millet entered the Massachusetts Regiment of the Union Army in the American Civil War as a drummer boy and later helping his father, a surgeon as a surgical assistant.

After the war, he graduated from Harvard with a Master of Arts degree. When asked why he loved using red, Francis Davis Millet pointed to his experience working in the field hospitals as giving him an appreciation for the vivid blood red that he repeatedly used in his early paintings.

In 1876, Francis Davis Millet returned to Boston to paint murals at Trinity Church in Boston with John LaFarge, and the next year he sailed to Belgium and entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at Antwerp. He won a silver medal in his first year which had never been done before, followed by a gold medal in his second. During the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–78, he was engaged as a war journalist by three newspapers, the New York Herald, the London Daily News, and the London Graphic. He was decorated by Russia and Romania for his bravery under fire and services to the wounded.

Millet Invented the First Form of Spray Paint.

Francis Davis Millet became a member of the Society of American Artists in 1880, and in 1885 was elected as a member of the National Academy of Design in New York and as Vice-Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee. He was made a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and sat on the advisory committee of the National Gallery of Art. Francis Davis Millet was decorations director for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where he is credited with having invented the first form of spray paint. His career included work with a number of worlds' fairs, including Vienna, Chicago, Paris, and Tokyo. Francis Davis Millet was a writer and journalist, a noted sculptor and designer as well as well as an artist. He translated Tolstoy and also wrote essays and short stories.

On April 10, 1912, Francis Davis Millet boarded the RMS Titanic at Cherbourg, France, he was last seen helping women and children into lifeboats. His body was recovered floating in the water by the cable boat Mackay-Bennett and returned to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he was buried in Central Cemetery.

Art Movement: Academic Art.
He Traveled To Austria, England, Japan, France, Italy, Belgium, Turkey.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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