George Hitchcock (the artist) attended and graduated from Brown University, and went to Harvard Law School and graduated in 1874 at the age of 24. Hitchcock practiced law for five years in the 1870s but had little success at getting clients as a lawyer. So at the age of 29, he decided to leave the USA for Europe. He first went to England to study and even to Germany but ended up in France to seriously study art and became a student of Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre at the Académie Julian in Paris.
In 1881, he moved to Egmond Aan Zee on the northwest coast of the Netherlands, and there he stayed. George Hitchcock attracted notice in the 1885 Paris Salon with his oil painting Tulip Culture, of a Dutch garden he painted in the Netherlands. His early work was quite muted, but he later became known as the "painter of sunlight" because of brightly colored floral gardens and landscapes with strong areas of light and shadows. This move was extolled by the general population and show judges when he received a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1887. For years he lived and had an art studio in the Netherlands, he started an Art Summer School that later became the Egmondse School with a group of returning summer artists.
George Hitchcock became a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor and a member of the Vienna Academy of Arts, the Munich Secession Society and represented in museums worldwide. In 1909 he was elected to the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.
Art Movement: Realism.
Artists Influencing George Hitchcock: Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre.
He Traveled To France, England, Netherlands, Austria, Germany.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.