Joseph Ryan Woodwell
Woodwell's father, Joseph Woodwell (b. 1807) was a New York cabinetmaker and a carver of figures on ships' prows and garden vases. He opened a hardware firm in Pittsburgh in 1847. His son Joseph (born in Pittsburgh on 7 September 1842) began the study of art under George M. Hetzel (1826-1899) and David Blythe (1815-1865). Woodwell was exhibiting his works when he was only seventeen, then his father sent him to Paris. Like pioneer American impressionist Mark Fisher, Joseph was part of Charles Gleyre's atelier, therefore, he would have rubbed shoulders with Renoir, Sisley, Monet, and Pissarro. Although Gleyre insisted on careful, tight drawing, he was more liberal once student
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