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George Hitchcock, A.N.A. Biography

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A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, he met with little success as a lawyer but became one of the more well-known expatriate painters at the turn of the century. At age 29, he left the United States and spend the next decade studying in teaching academies in London, Paris, Dusseldorf, and the Hague. During the 1880s, he settled in Holland and established his reputation as a painter of landscapes, flowers and peasant women, focusing on the effects he could achieve with bright light and shadows. At the Paris Salon of 1887, he won a gold medal for one of his tulip paintings and also won numerous gold medals at other venues. He was voted an Associate of the National Academy of Design in New York and became the only American member of athe Vienna Academy.

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George Hitchcock, born in 1850, had high academic expectations and studied at Brown and Harvard Law School before entering Acadamie Julian in Paris. In 1879 he quit his law practice to study painting there. Hitchcock created Impressionistic pictures of brilliantly colored tulip fields in Holland, usually with a Dutch peasant woman in beautiful costuming.

He became known as the “Painter of Sunlight”. Hitchcock traveled often, creating halos and auras of light around his subjects. He was elected associate member of the National Academy of Design in 1909. Hitchcock died in 1913.