Edmund Tarbell

A leading Boston painter in the style of Impressionism, he was born in West Groton, Massachusetts, and raised in Boston, where he first was a lithographer’s assistant. He studied art at the Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, as a student of Otto Grundman, Frank Benson, and Robert Reid. In 1883, he went to Paris with Benson, and both worked under Boulanger and Lefebvre at the Julian Academy. In 1885, in Boston, he began a life-long career as a portrait painter. He also did figures, interiors and still lifes and from 1889, taught at the Boston Museum School for twenty-four years and then became head of Corcoran School in Washington D.C.

This biography from the archives of AskART.com. Image courtesy of Don Kurtz.