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 Josephine Miles Lewis  (1865 - 1959)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut/Massachusetts      Known for: figure, genre-garden, and portrait painting

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Josephine Miles Lewis
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Haystacks in Butry, France
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The daughter of a New Haven mayor, Josephine Lewis studied a the Yale School of the Fine Arts from 1883 to 1892, when she received her B.F.A., the first such degree awarded by the school.  For the next five years, she lived in France and studied at the Academie Julian* and with Frederick MacMonnies in Giverny*.  She exhibited at the Paris Salon*, then returned to the United States, and lived in New York for the next sixty years. 

She exhibited widely, including a 1935 exhibit of her portraits of children in New York, and a 1955 solo show in Boston, when she was 90 years old and still painting.  Her work is in several museums, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Farnsworth Art Museum (ME), and the Mattatuck Museum, Lyman Allyn Art Museum and Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut.  

Josephine Lewis was one of the original members of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club*, and exhibited from 1900 until her death, contributing both oils and watercolors.  She received a New Haven Paint & Clay Club Active Members Prize for her painting, Isabel, in 1941 and it was purchased by the Club.  

Biography from the catalog:  The New Haven Paint & Clay Club.  100th Anniversary Exhibition.  New Haven, Connecticut.  2000

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher from Lansing, Michigan

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The first women to receive a B.A. degree from Yale University, Josephine Miles Lewis graduated from the Yale Art School in 1891.  She has been described as "a smart and creative woman in a time of low expectations". (26)    An oil painter, known for female figure subjects including children, she was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and lived in New York City where she had a studio in Carnegie Studios.  She also lived in Scituate, Massachusetts and spent time during her adult life in New Haven, where in 1900 she was a charter member of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club.

She exhibited at the National Academy of Design, and won the Julia A. Shaw Award in a 1916 Academy exhibition for her painting, A Rainy Day.  The award was designated to be given to a woman of artistic merit in painting or sculpture.

Among her teachers at Yale were John Ferguson Weir and John Niemeyer at Yale, and in Paris where she exhibited at the Paris Salon, she studied with Frederick MacMonnies and Edmond Aman-Jean.

Mark Brock, "Josephine Miles Lewis", Selections II
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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