of George Hitchcock
John Singer Sargent
-- American painter
Watercolor on paper
21.6 x 29 cm (8.5
x 11.4 in)
George Hitchcock (1850-1913) was an
American painter. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Charles
Hitchcock, a portrait painter. After receiving his law degree from Harvard
in 1874 and working briefly as an attorney in Providence and New York,
he decided to pursue a career as an artist. He left for Europe in 1877
and studied in London, Düsseldorf, and finally in Paris at the Académie
Julian under Gustave Boulanger.
He grew to fame at the 1885 Paris
Salon when he he exhibited the painting La Culture des Tulipes. It was
widely praised by critics and other artists, including Jean-Léon
Gérome, who considered it "the best American picture of the year."
After the 1885 Salon, Hitchcock continued to focus on brightly colored
Dutch landscapes, with great success.
He ultimately settled in the small
town of Egmond aan Zee, just outside of Amsterdam. Egmond became an art
colony known as the Egmond School, centered around Hitchcock and his fellow
American Gari Melchers.
As of 11/15/2002, the painting was
offered for sale at
Adelson Galleries, Inc.
The Mark Hotel
25 East 77th Street
New York, New York 10021 USA
Telephone (212) 439-6800
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