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 James Wells Champney  (1843 - 1903)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York      Known for: genre, figure, portrait, landscape paintings

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BIOGRAPHY for James Champney
1843 (Boston, Massachusetts)
1903 (New York City)

Massachusetts/New York

Self portrait - Copy of Van Dyck Self Portrait

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genre, figure, portrait, landscape paintings

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James Wells Champney, a distant cousin of landscapist Benjamin Champney, was born in 1843 in Boston, Massachusetts.  A well-known artist-teacher, he is best known as a specialist in rustic genre scenes, using a broad, painterly, and rather informal approach to his works.  He also painted many portraits and landscapes, and stylistically was "one of the first Americans to grasp and utilize the spirit of impressionism." (397)

As a young man he took drawing classes at Lowell Instit (showing 500 of 11234 characters).

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