(1826 - 1914)
Barton Stone Hays was active/lived in Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota. Barton Hays is known for still life, portrait and landscape painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
A painter who lived in Indiana, Ohio and Minneapolis, Barton Hays began his career as a portrait painter in Wingate, Covington, and Attica, Ohio. In Attica, he also painted two panoramas relating to the book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Biography from Williams American Art Galleries
After moving to Indianapolis, he went into partnership with daguerreotypist William Runnion and continued to paint portraits, becoming the city's leading painter of that subject. He was also a teacher at Mclean's Female Seminary, and William Merritt Chase was one of his students.
In 1882, Hays moved to Minneapolis, where he focused much of his painting on still lifes, especially fruit on small table tops in a "soft, atmospheric background."
Source: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Barton Stone Hays was born in Greenville, Ohio in 1826. He was self-taught and began his career painting portraits of the early citizens of Wingate, Covington and Attica, Ohio. While in Attica (ca. 1851), Hays, an abolitionist, painted two panoramas relating to Uncle Tom's Cabin shortly after its publication; both of which were great successes.
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After moving to Indianapolis in 1858, he went into partnership with daguerreotypist William Runnion and continued to paint portraits, becoming one of the city's leading painters. He was also an important teacher, working at McLean's Female Seminary as well as serving as one of the major teachers of young students in the private capacity. Among his students were William Merritt Chase and John W. Love.
In 1869 he was commissioned to execute the portrait of former Governor of Indiana William Henry Harrison, who also served as president of the United States. He moved to Cincinnati in 1870, but soon returned to Indianapolis. In 1882 Hays moved to Minneapolis, where he seems to have focused most of his attention on still lifes for which he is best-known today: small table-top compositions of realistically rendered fruit set against a soft, atmospheric background. He passed away in Minneapolis in 1914.
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