Friday, April 1, 2011

Off to Paris - American Richard Miller (1875–1943) Painting for the Home Crowd

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Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) ) Woman with Umbrella

An American artist who was able to combine all of the elements of Impressionism into purely American paintings was Richard (Edward or Emil) Miller (1875–1943). Here we have it all--Asian robes, parasols, taking tea, the milliner, goldfish, women at ease, fans, gardens, & dressing tables--all the subjects so dear to the hearts of the Impressionists.  He also uses all the components of Japonisme in his works. Miller studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, then he sailed for Paris to study at Academie Julian (1898–1901).

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Reflections

In the decades after the Civil War, Paris became an irresistible attraction for thousands of American artists and art students, both men and women. They came to study the old masters hanging at the Louvre. They came to examine the modern art on display at the annual Paris Salon and at smaller exhibitions, among them the eight shows organized by the Impressionists. They came to learn, at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and at many private studios. They came to make new contacts, immersing themselves in the city's vibrant artistic life. Boston painter May Alcott described the experience as being plunged into an "art atmosphere" where the whole city seemed to be "one art studio."

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Afternoon Tea

Miller became a member of the “Giverny Group,” the 2nd generation of American artists to study & paint near Claude Monet's magnificent garden. He lived in France until 1914, working in various Paris studios in the winters and teaching summer classes at Giverny & Normandy. His subjects were almost exclusively women enjoying a moment of quiet reverie. On his return to America, Miller became a founder, along with Edmund Greacen, of the Provincetown Artists Colony.

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Woman Sewing

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) The Chinese Robe

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) ) Chinese Robe

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Goldfish 1912

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) The Milliner

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) The Pool

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Chinese Statuette

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Morning Sunlight
Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Woman by a Window

Richard Edward or Emil Miller (1875-1943) Daydreams