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 Prosper Louis Senat  (1852 - 1925)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/California/Maine      Known for: marine, exotic landscape and figure painting, etching

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Prosper Louis Senat
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Bermuda scene
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Biography from Erie Art Museum:
Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, March 13, 1852, Prosper Louis Senat was the son of Louis Duval and Cecelia A. Wright Senat of Philadelphia.  He had one sister.  His father died when he was 14 years of age.

Records from the Germantown Historical Society indicate the family was of affluent means.  His maternal grandfather was an importer of china and later founded a shipping firm.  

Specific information of Senat's art education is lacking, although he is known to have studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the South Kensington School in London.  

On June 22, 1887, he married Clementine Innes Gibbs, settling in a fashionable apartment house named Delmar-Morris in Germantown.  Senat also maintained a studio and summer home at Cape Arundel, Kennebunkport, Maine.  The Senats had no children.  

Much of his time was spent traveling to paint landscapes in Southern Italy, Egypt, Mexico, Bermuda and Jamaica.  During a stay in Jamaica in 1907, he and his wife escaped an earthquake which partially destroyed their hotel in Spanish Town.  In response to the tragedy, he painted a picture which sold for $150; the proceeds of which he donated to a fund for survivors, according to one newspaper account.

His frequent travels spurred him to participate in International exhibitions.  Among them were the Brussels Exposition of 1880, the Naples National Exposition of 1889 and the Vienna National Exhibition of 1893. 

A watercolor painter who also did etchings, he specialized in landscapes and paintings of marine settings and crossed the United States from Florida to California. Between 1900 and 1910 he is believed to have visited the Erie, Pennsylvania area where he sketched waterfront scenes.

Senat held memberships in the Art Club of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Society of Artists, the Artists Fund Society of New York and the Salmagundi Club of New York.  

Prosper Louis Senat died in Germantown Hospital on September 12m 1925 at age 73. 

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

Biography excerpted from the unpublished manuscript by Dr. Kirk W. Steehler, Erie
Artists - A History of Heroes
.  Courtesy of Erie Art Museum.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
A painter, Prosper Louis Senat was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1852.  Senat studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and South Kensington School in London.

He spent several years in Europe as well as painting on the coast of Maine.  Primarily associated with the East Coast, he was a resident of Pasadena in 1905-10.

He died in Germantown, PA in September 1925.

Delaware Art Museum; Joslyn Art Museum. AAA 1900-25; Art News, 10-10-1925 (obit).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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