This artist, born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1882, moved to St. Louis and entered Washington University's School of Fine Arts in 1900. He spent the summer of 1902 in Paris, then worked as a guide to the St. Louis World's Fair's art exhibition, before becoming a faculty member at his alma mater. He would remain there until 1952.
Soon Carpenter returned to Paris to study at the Académie Julian (under Jean-Paul Laurens and others) and at the Colarossi Academy, where his teacher Richard E. Miller became an important influence. In 1910, Carpenter's painting The Sisters won an Honorable Mention at the Paris Salon. Back in St. Louis, he married an art student named Mildred Bailey (b. 189
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