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 Harry Mills Walcott  (1870 - 1944)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/California/Connecticut      Known for: genre-child, portrait, landscape, teacher

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Harry Mills Walcott
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Schools Out
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Henry Mills Walcott (1870-1944) was a realist painter of figures and landscapes influenced by Impressionism, but retaining a somewhat sharper contour of form more reminiscent of Manet than Renoir and Monet. Walcott was interested in what might be termed a story-telling, illustrative realismthe semi-photographic look of the figure, primarily young women and girls, more than a painterly vision.

He was credited with being skillful with the depiction of multiple figures, both in drawing and arrangement. He was a member of the Society of American Artists, and became an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1903.

In his painting, "Schools' Out," oil, 23 x 35, the artist shows a close-up view of a group of mainly young girls dressed in turn-of-the-century costumes, running parallel to the picture plane, through a field. Walcott's "Chasing Butterflies," oil, 27 x 36, is much more sentimental, suggesting children's book illustration. Three girls run toward the viewer, waving butterfly nets. "Picking Blackberries," oil, 24 x 38, is very much like "School's Out," in terms of it composition and Impressionist-influenced, but more photographic realism. Again, it features a close-up cluster of girls and young women, this time in the midst of berry bushes.

Walcott's intimate handling of such scenes tends to place his viewers in the middle of the berry-pickers or the youngsters exultant at being out of school.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Lois Fink, "American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons"

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Born in Torrington, CT on July 16, 1870. Walcott studied at the NAD and in Paris at Académie Julian. During the last 20 years of his life he divided his time between homes in Coronado, CA and Rutherford, NJ. He died in Coronado on Nov. 4, 1944. Member: Salmagundi Club; ANA. Exh: Paris Salon, 1897 (prize); Pan-American Expo (Buffalo), 1901 (medal); Louisiana Purchase Expo (St Louis), 1904 (medal); PPIE, 1915 (medal). In: Ohio State Univ. (Columbus); Salmagundi Club; Wesleyan Univ. (Delaware).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1940; Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); NY Times, 11-7-1944 (obituary).
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