De Cost Smith
(1864 - 1939)
De Cost Smith was active/lived in New York. De Cost Smith is known for Indian figure-genre, illustrator.
Biography De Cost Smith
De Cost Smith was born in Skaneateles in Western New York State in 1864. He seemed by temperament and the accident of his birth locale to have been directed toward a life associated with, and devoted to, the Indians of America, and to making art from their lives. They, in turn, sensed his sympathetic attitude and responded in kind to him. It is for this art, accurately recording the lives and customs of these peoples, that Smith is best known.
He studied art in New York City and later at the Academie Julian in Paris, and while there, Smith's earliest Indian paintings were shown in the Salon. But it was his personal experience with the Indians and the paintings of Indians by George De Forest Brush that encouraged Smith to find his own
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