(1856 - 1934)
Howard Russell Butler was active/lived in New Jersey, California. Howard Butler is known for seascape, portrait, solar eclipse and landscape painting.
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The first president and founder of the American Fine Arts Society,
Howard Russell Butler was elected to the National Academy of Design in
1902. He was especially known for his paintings of landscapes and
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Butler was born in New York City and studied at
Princeton and Columbia Universities. In 1877, when he graduated from
Princeton, Butler received from his father the graduation gift of a
train trip West to California. He and three classmates went on
the adventure, which included an excursion to Yosemite where they
visited with John Muir. From this time, Butler had an ongoing
fascination with the West.
In 1882, he graduated from law
school at Columbia University and practiced in New York City, but was
unhappy with that career and turned to the development of his painting
talents. In 1884, he and Frederick E Church opened a studio in
Mexico. He then studied at the Art Students League, and was also
in Paris where he became active in the American artist colony.
Focusing primarily on color and light, he painted in the French
countryside in loose, impressionistic style, and one of his painting
companions was John Singer Sargent. By 1886, he was receiving
honorable mention at the Paris Salon.
By 1908, he had done
paintings of the California Coast, which he exhibited at the Buffalo
Fine Arts Academy. From 1905 to 1907, and from 1921 to 1926, he
lived in California, both Pasadena and Santa Barbara. In 1907, he
produced a painting titled Arizona Badlands, which was a result
of his earlier travels into the desert of that state. The Tucson Museum
has a large collection of his desert pastels, many which were painted
in the Mojave Desert of California.
In 1911, he moved to
Princeton where he remained as a resident and had his studio. As part
of his career, he became supervisor of astronomy exhibits at the
American Museum of Natural History. In 1918, he was on the US
Naval Observatory Expedition to Baker, Oregon, to paint the June 8
Solar Eclipse; in 1923, he painted the solar eclipse at Lampoc,
California; and in 1925, he painted the eclipse at Middletown,
His western travels included a 1920 pack-trip
with his family through Yellowstone where he made numerous watercolor
sketches. Returning East, he had a one-man exhibition of his
Yellowstone paintings at New York's Century Club, and received much
Harold and Peggy Samuels, Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Peter Hassrick, Drawn to Yellowstone
James Ballinger, Visitor to Arizona 1846 to 1980
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