(1873 - 1961)
Louis L. Betts was active/lived in New York, Illinois, Arkansas. Louis Betts is known for portrait, still life, and genre-views painting.
Portrait by William Merrit Chase
Biography Louis Betts
Louis Betts was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. His art
primarily from his father who was also a painter. At sixteen, he
his first portrait of his violin master in exchange for lessons, and
focused primarily on landscape painting until he was twenty-four.
then studied portrait painting at the Pennsylvania Academy for a year,
and the first Cresson Scholarship permitted him to study for two years
abroad. Betts then remained in France, England, Holland, Spain,
Italy for seven years painting portraits in court circles.
late John Lane, English publisher, once visited the Art Institute, and
wrote, "The most live portrait in the exhibition is far and away La
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