George Henry Hall (1825-1913)
George Henry Hall (1825-1913). Cupids, 1875. Oil on canvas, 6 x 9.25 inches. Original frame with label verso. Excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Signed and dated lower right.
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Birth place: Manchester, NH
Addresses: Primarily in NYC from 1852
Profession: Still-life, genre, portrait painter
Studied: between 1849-52 in Paris and Rome; and Düsseldorf Royal Acad. with Eastman Johnson
Exhibited: PAFA, 1853-68; Royal Acad., British Inst., Suffolk Street Gal., all in London, 1858-74; Brooklyn AA, 1861-81; NAD, 1862-1900; AIC, 1888; Boston AC, 1881, 1889
Member: ANA, 1853; NA, 1868; Century Assn.
Work: MMA; BM; BMFA
Comments: Best known for his still-lifes, he specialized in detailed and vividly colored fruit and flower paintings. Although the table-top setting was common in his work, his preference for placing his still-lifes in natural settings is indicative of his devotion to the aesthetic philosophy of John Ruskin. He grew up in Boston and began to paint about 1842. He spent several years in Europe before settling in NYC about 1852. He made many trips to Europe and North Africa between 1860-95, and was also well-known for his exotic genre pictures of North African and Italian peasant life.