(1862 - 1937)
Will Sparks was active/lived in California, Missouri. Will Sparks is known for mission scenes and tonalist landscape painting.
Biography Will Sparks
Painter, etcher, and muralist, Will Sparks became one of California's
premier artists, known for his mission and nocturnal adobe
scenes. He was highly prolific, completing about three-thousand
He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and showed
art talent as a youngster, selling his first painting when he was age
twelve. He became a doctor, but his love of art prevailed.
He attended the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and then went to New York
and then Paris to the Academies Julian and Colarossi where he studied
with Gerome, Harpignies, and Bouguereau. In Paris he earned money
as an assistant to biologist Louis Pasteur for whom he made anatomical
drawings. He was also much influenced by
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