(1879 - 1963)
Daniel Putnam Brinley was active/lived in Connecticut, California, Rhode Island. Daniel Brinley is known for limpressionist andscape, genre and floral view painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
A painter whose landscape and genre paintings reflected his childhood
near Cos Cob, Connecticut, Daniel Brinley remained active in his native
state where he was one of the key figures of the Silvermine Guild of
Artists. His childhood home was at Riverside, just across the Mianus
River from Cos Cob. For much of his life, he was closely associated
with modernists, but his style was a combination of Realism and
Modernism. He was much influenced by the Armory Show of 1912, when
avant-garde art from Europe was introduced in the United States. From
that time, the color of his paintings was intensified, forms flattened,
and compositions were tighter.
Biography from the Archives of askART
He studied at the Art Students
League from 1900 to 1902 with John Twachtman, Bryson Burroughs, Kenyon
Cox, and H. Siddons Mowbray and then went to Europe in 1904 for
additional training. In Paris, he became involved with modernist
artists such as John Marin and Max Weber and was active in several
progressive art associations although his own work.
In 1908, he
and his wife lived for a considerable time in Woodstock, New York, and
later they became summer residents of Silvermine, Connecticut, where
Brinley served in 1923 as President of the Art Guild.
York City, he was a charter member of the Association of American
Painters and Sculptors and helped organized the 1912 Armory Show. He
was also an exhibitor at Alfred Stieglitz's progressive Little
Galleries of the Photo-Secession at 291 Fifth Avenue. And he was a
founder of the Grand Central Art Galleries as well as a member of the
National Academy of Design and the National Arts Club.
Although he was active in New York, his great love was the Connecticut countryside where he lived much of the time.
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
"Connecticut and American Impressionism", The William Benton Museum of Art, Introduction by Harold Spencer
Biography from Galleries Maurice Sternberg
Born in Newport, RI on March 8, 1879. Brinley studied at the ASL of NYC and in Europe. He was a resident of New Canaan, CT while painting murals across the U.S. During 1904-05 he lived and worked in Pasadena. By 1952 he was in NYC. He died in Connecticut in July 1963. Member: ANA, 1930. Exh: Salon d'Automne (Paris), 1907; Armory Show (NYC), 1913.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Who's Who in American Art
1936-62; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
Daniel Putnam Brinley was born to an aristocratic family in Newport,
Rhode Island. His great-great grandfather was the famous
Revolutionary War general Israel Putnam, known as "Old Put." He
is said to have inherited his mother's artistic bent, but pursued his
vocation seriously going to New York City in 1900 where he studied at
the Art Students League under academic teachers Bryson Burroughs and
Kenyon Cox, but more importantly with John Henry Twachtman, a highly
regarded American impressionist and major figure in the Cos Cob
artist's colony in Connecticut. Brinley worked in Cos Cob before
Twachtman's untimely death in 1902.
Biography from Philip Douglas Fine Art
After that, Brinley and his wife spent four years in Paris, from
1904-08. There, Brinley lived the life of a serious art student finding
his friends among the Americans studying at the Academie Julian and
showing three of his works in the Autumn Salon of 1906. His bright ,
vibrant palette was in the mode of the American impressionists, like
his early mentor and teacher, John Twachtman. In the course of their
stay in Paris, the Brinleys became close friends of Edward Steichen, an
ardent modernist. Brinley's natural activism led him into further
associations with modern artists in New York where he returned in 1908.
Brinley's later work became more flattened, with a deeper hued palette
and an overtly decorative approach compared with his earlier Paris
paintings. He remained a Connecticut resident until his death, actively
engaged in a variety of projects including mural work and the design of
stained glass windows for the Fordham Lutheran Church in Bronx, NY.
Daniel Putnam Brinley's many travels, he spent only the summer of 1908
in Woodstock with the Art Students League Summer class. However, as did
seemingly everywhere he visited, Brinley had an impact on others at
Woodstock. After two successful years in Paris exhibiting and absorbing
the influence of the moderns, Brinley formed an artist's group in
Woodstock with Andrew Dasburg called The Sun Flower Club. Noticing that
the other students were painting in a much more muted palette, they
advocated painting in bright colors, thus receiving encouragement and
praise of their instructor Birge Harrison.
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