(1875 - 1933)
Hal Robinson was active/lived in New York, Connecticut. Hal Robinson is known for landscape and cityscape painting.
Robinson (1875-1933) painted at Old Lyme and exhibited After a Spring Rain, After the October Storm, The Last Glow, Saw Mill River and The Ice-Bound Hudson between 1909 and 1911 at the National Academy of Design. At the Corcoran Gallery he showed After a Spring Rain in 1910. In the following year he exhibited A Gray Day in November and The Ice Pond after a Thaw at the Carnegie International.
Basically a naturalistic landscape painter, Robinson shows a degree of assimilation to impressionism in his use of violet hues and in the expressive application of impasto pigment. He obviously worked from a fully loaded brush that results in a textural impasto that is a delight in itself, yet there is no systematic use of broken color, as Childe Hassam practiced. Hassam's arrival at Old Lyme in 1903, along with that of Willard Metcalf, changed the orientation of the artists' colony almost completely from tonalism to impressionism. Robinson was obviously responding to those innovations.
When Robinson died in 1933, the Lyme Art Association was undergoing financial problems. Florence Griswold would live until 1937, guiding visitors through her colonial house. But largely the Griswold Mansion had become a nostalgic curiosity. On the other hand, Old Lyme remained the choice of many landscape painters, and into the early 1960s, Will Howe Foote (1874-1965), William Chadwick (1879-1962), Guy Wiggins (1883-1962), and Harry Hoffman (1874-1966) were still exhibiting there.
Submitted by Michael Preston Worley, Ph.D.
R.H. Love Galleries
A New York landscape painter, Hal Robinson became known in the early twentieth century for Tonalist and Impressionist-inspired paintings of rural subjects, winter scenes, and river, ocean, harbor, town, and garden views. The details of his training are unknown.
By 1896 he was living at 406 West 57th Street, and that year he showed for the first time at the National Academy of Design, contributing a work entitled "The Meadow" to the Academy's spring annual. By 1909 Robinson had moved to 45 John Street in lower Manhattan. That year he exhibited two works at the Academy: "After a Spring Rain, and After the October Storm." In 1910 he sent "After a Spring Rain" to the Corcoran Annual in Washington D.C. and showed the "Last Glow" at the Academy. His last contribution to the Academy was a year later when he exhibited "Saw Mill River and The Ice-Bound Hudson.'' The Hudson was a subject of particular appeal for Robinson, who portrayed it from the Palisades, north of Manhattan, as well as at night in softly toned images. In addition to painting in Westchester and upstate New York, Robinson is known to have worked in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where he joined the town's artists' colony.