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Robert Lee MacCameron

 (1866 - 1912)
Robert Lee MacCameron was active/lived in New York, Illinois / France.  Robert MacCameron is known for figure, genre-interiors and portrait painting.

Robert Lee MacCameron

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Robert Lee MacCameron  (1866-1912)
Born Chicago, Illinois in 1866, he spent his youth in Necadah, Wisconsin where his father was in the state legislature. He studied art briefly in Wisconsin and then went to New York where he was a pupil of William Merritt Chase.

In 1888, he went to London and there worked for The Boys' Own, a children's magazine. By 1891, he was in Paris and studied in the atelier of  Jean Leon Gerome. He also was a student of Raphael Collin and James Whistler, and exhibited in the Salons kof 1894, 1895, and 1904 where he received honorable mention. 

During this period he focused his painting on 'down and out' persons of the streets of Paris, emphasizing misery and "reduced circumstances." He worked in a realist style.

By 1912, he was back in New York City, where he was elected to the National Academy of Design, and in contrast to his Parisian subjects, did portrait painting of the upper class---society portraits. He became especially popular with the elite such as Presidents William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Auguste Rodin, and the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

Honorable Mention, Salon, Paris, 1904 
Medal of the Third Class, Salon, Paris, 1906 
Medal of the Second Class, Salon, Paris, 1908 
Legion of Honor, France, 1912 

Associate of the National Academy of Design, New York
Paris Society of American Painters
International Society of Artists and Sculptors, Paris 

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Memorial Museum, Philadelphia
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Mary Lublin, "Robert Lee MacCameron," Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, Volume I, 1826-1925, David Dearinger, Editor

Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher, East Lansing, Michigan, whose source was the catalogue of an exhibition of contemporary American paintings and of the permanent collection: the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York.  July - September, 1917

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About  Robert Lee MacCameron

Born:  1866 - Chicago, Illinois
Died:   1912 - New York City
Known for:  figure, genre-interiors and portrait painting