|Edmund William Greacen |
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"Bridge at Giverny"
Oil on canvas
16 x 13 1/4 inches
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Born on September 18, 1877 in New York City and raised at the site of what is now Rockefeller Center, Edmund Greacen became a master of American Impressionism. Using vibrant, diffused and muted color, he achieved a reputation for shimmering landscape and figure paintings of young women. He is also distinguished as one of the founders in 1924 of the Grand Central Art School in New York City and served as the Director for twenty years. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from New York University and then took an around-the-world tour, arranged by his father who wanted his son distracted from a fascination with soldiering in the Spanish American War. In 1899, he enrolled at the Art students League and also studied with William Merritt Chase at The Chase School where he learned plein-air painting. In the early 1900s, he and his wife, Ethol Booth, took a trip with Chase to Spain, and then the couple settled from 1907 to 1909 at Giverny, France, near the home of Claude Monet, and was part of the famous colony of Impressionists. There Greacen painted garden scenes that were vivid in color. During World War I, Edmund Greacen served briefly in the army, and in 1922 suggested a gallery cooperative situation whereby established artists could have their work on permanent exhibition. This venue became the Grand Central Art Galleries, subsequently in the Biltmore Hotel, and his involvement kept him more and more in New York City and ended his time at the Old Lyme Colony. Living to age 73, Greacen died on October 4, 1949.
Member: National Academy of Design; American Watercolor Society; Salmagundi Club; American Artists Professional League; National Arts Club; Lotos Club.
Exhibited: Salmagundi Club, 1920; National Arts Club, 1923, 1935.
Works Held: Butler Art Institute; National Arts Club; Newark Museum.