(1873 - 1910)
William A. Harper was active/lived in Illinois, California / Canada. William Harper is known for impressionist landscape.
Biography William Harper
A sculptor and painter, William Harper was the "first African-American artist to achieve significant critical success at the Art Institute of Chicago's annual juried exhibition." (Kennedy 119). Chicago newspapers provided much coverage of this event, describing his career as "meteoric" when in 1905, he won a blue ribbon from the Municipal Art League for their exhibition at the Institute. Tragically, Harper died in Mexico City at age thirty six from tuberculosis, and a memorial exhibition of sixty of his works was held at the Art Institute.
Harper began studies at the Art Institute in 1895, paying his enrollment by working as a janitor and night watchman. He graduated in 1901 and then went to France where from 1903 to 1905, he studied
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