Frederick William Hutchison (1871-1953)
Frederick Hutchison, born in Montreal in 1871, studied under William Brymmer (1855-1925) at the Art Association of Montreal, then in Paris under Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens. After further studies at the Art Students League under William Merritt Chase in 1910, Hutchison painted landscapes in a more impressionistic technique.
Hutchison went to Europe in 1928 and met his friend Clarence Gagnon who was living in Paris at the time - and they then subsequently toured Europe together for the year (with their partners). He did not paint much while in Europe. He stated that he did not "connect" with the scenery there. (Information provided by Peter J. Hutchison, grand nephew of the artist)
Hutchinson lived in New York City and frequently revisited Canada, especially the St. Lawrence area and Baie St. Paul. He was elected a National Academician in 1935, and was a member of Allied Artists of America, the National Arts Club, and the Salmagundi Club. He died in 1953.
Murray, Joan, Impressionism in Canada. Exh. cat. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1973, pp. 148-149.
Submitted by Michael Preston Worley, Ph.D
Additional information courtesy of Peter J. Hutchison, grand nephew of the artist.