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George W Chambers

 (1857 - 1897)
George W. Chambers was active/lived in Tennessee, Missouri.  George Chambers is known for history, landscape, figure and portrait painting.

George W. Chambers

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, George W Chambers settled in Nashville, Tennessee where in 1885, he began teaching at the Watkins Institute, a prestigious art school and exhibition venue. In the 1890s, he joined the faculty of the Nashville School of Art. Later in his career, he focused on decorative art and stained glass.

Chambers studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Art under Carl Gutherz, and in 1880 went to Paris as a student of Jean Leon Gerome.

Exhibition venues included the Paris Salon, Pennsylvania Academy and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sources include:
William Gerdts, Art Across America Vol 1 and 2
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery
GEORGE W. CHAMBERS (born 1857)

The painter and teacher George W. Chambers was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1857.  Little is known of his life until 1880 when he entered the Paris studio of Jean Léon Gérôme, the French classicist.  He remained in Paris until 1884, studying with Gérôme and also with Julien Dupré, whose Barbizon style influenced his early work. Chambers exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1883 until 1885; by 1885, however, he was associated with the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and may have been teaching there. He subsequently moved to Nashville, Tennessee, taking a position at the Watkins Institute, a school of art and design. In the late 1890s, he joined the staff of the Nashville School of Art.

Chamber's landscapes of rural Tennessee were informed by the French Barbizon tradition, but some of his work, such as The Four Seasons, reflects an aesthetic born after his training in Paris.

Chambers' interest in decoration suggests an alliance with the Arts and Crafts movement, which surfaced in America in the late nineteenth century and promoted the unification of fine arts and crafts.  Chambers produced at least one other seasonal decoration, four vertical panels of birds on branches, in low relief and subdued colors, painted in 1900.

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About  George W. Chambers

Born:  1857 - St Louis, Missouri
Died:   1897
Known for:  history, landscape, figure and portrait painting