Summer Afternoon (circa 1910). Lillian Mathilde Genth (1876-1953). Oil on canvas. Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville.
Genth studied in Paris under James McNeill Whistler. While in Paris, she painted his portrait.
Whistler’s influence can be seen in Genth’s work. Like Whistler, Genth chose to paint rather academic subjects such as beautiful women with subtle, exotic accents in their dress and surroundings. Both Whistler and Genth painted in a somewhat traditional style, using many of the techniques and some of the innovations of the impressionists.
Genth studied at the Philidelphia School of Design for Women and won the Elkins Scholarship in 1900 and traveled to Paris. Genth studied under Whistler for one year. His focus was on female nudes in pastoral settings. After painting 150 of these scenes and gaining significant recogntion, Genth declared that she would never paint another nude. From then on Genth painted only portraits of people.
are there any female impressionist artists you would suggest looking into??
Yes I’ll list a few impressionists, american impressionists and a few post impressionists, because i think the line between the those movements is extremely close.
Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzales, Mary Cassatt, Lilla Cabot Perry, Madeleine Jeanne Lemaire, Lillian Westcott Hale, Helen Galloway McNicoll, Mary Rogers Williams, Olga Boznańska, Rosamund Smith Bouve, Helena Dunlap, Annie G. Sykes, Isabel Bishop, Bessie MacNicol, Donna Schuster, Helen M. Turner, Alice Pike Barney, Ada Walter Shulz, Anna Lee Stacey, Lillian Mathilde Genth, Lucy Taggart, Pauline Palmer, Elizabeth MacNicol, Florence Carlyle, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Rose Barton
I’m sure there are many more, If you want you can go through my tag, female artist and see some of their work, I posted a lot of impressionism when I first started my blog, so they are further down the list. There are also a lot out there that I haven’t discovered yet, so keep your eyes open!