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 Ernest Haskell  (1876 - 1925)

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Lived/Active: New York/Maine/Connecticut      Known for: illustration-posters, portrait, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An illustrator, painter and etcher, Ernest Haskell was a well-known figure in New York and Paris during the early part of the 20th century.  In 1976, a memorial centennial exhibition of his birth was held at the New York Public Library.  Haskell was especially noted for his etchings, a skill he learned as a student of James McNeill Whistler.  He also designed promotional posters in watercolor.

Haskell was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, and by age 19 was established in New York City where he turned out magazine covers and posters for Scribner's, The New York Sunday Journal and Truth magazine.  By age 21, he was living in Paris, a city where he spent much of his time in the future as well.  He enrolled in the Academie Julian but spent most of his time studying privately around the Louvre and with Whistler from whom he learned special techniques, which he later combined with elegant poster designs that made his work highly unique.  It was said that Haskell created the first real art posters in the United States.

When he returned to New York in the 1890s, he was popular as a celebrity portraitist whose subjects included Ethel Barrymore and Helen Hayes.  He was a member of the Players Club, a social venue for actors and artists that included many of New Yorks prominent figures such as Mark Twain, Childe Hassam and John Barrymore.

In 1903, Haskell married Elizabeth Foley, a New York society girl, and they had two children and spent much time at their farm on the coast of Maine.  They also traveled occasionally to California.  In 1918, Elizabeth died in the flu epidemic, and two years later, Haskell married Emma Laumeister in San Francisco.  The couple had twins, Ernest Jr. and Josephine.  Tragically, , in 1925, Haskell was killed while driving close to his rural home in Maine in a Model T Ford.  He was returning from New York City, where he had been arranging a show.

Abigail Aldridge, daughter of Josephine, and grand-daughter of the artist, in an article titled 'Flair for the Theatrics', Art and Antiques, December 2004, p. 86.
Additional information courtesy of Ernest Haskell, III grandson of the artist

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Watercolorist, illustrator, etcher, he was born on June 30, 1876 in a tavern in Woodstock, CT.  Haskell briefly studied art in Paris at Académie Julian at the turn of the century, but remained essentially self- taught.  He lived and worked in Florida, New York, Maine, and California.  During the years 1914-19, he was active in Carmel and San Francisco.  Best known in California for his etchings and dry points of the Monterey cypresses, he also painted a set of 50 watercolors of California.  During the last quarter of his life he produced about 400 prints.  Haskell died on Nov. 1, 1925 in an auto accident in Bath, Maine.

Exh: PRE, 1915 (medal); Kennedy Gallery (NYC), 1916; AIC, 1916; Macbeth Galleries (NYC), 1926 (memorial). AAA 1919-25; Sam; Ben

Ernest Haskell: His Life & Work (Little & yes Co., 1931); SF Chronicle, 11-2-1925 (obits).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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