Lovell Birge Harrison
American, 1854-1929
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Lowell Birge Harrison merged his Beaux-Arts academic training with American Transcendentalist sensibilities. After Salon successes in Paris and years working in American art colonies in France, Harrison became a beloved teacher at the Art Students League summer colony in Woodstock, New York. He combined a technical finesse with a subjective feeling for the spiritual essence of landscape that made his art and teaching (his textbook on landscape painting was a bestseller in its day) central to the Tonalist movement. Harrison championed what he called “the big vision—the power to see and to render the whole of a given scene or picture motive, rather than to paint a still-life picture of its component parts; the power to give the essential and to suppress the inessential, the power to paint the atmosphere which surrounds the objects rather than the objects themselves….” Like James Abbott …

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