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John White Alexander
Date: American, 1856 - 1915
Remarks: John W. Alexander was a successful turn-of-the-century portrait painter and illustrator. He studied in Munich, and Venice, where he came under the influence of James McNeill Whistler. From 1890-1901 he lived in Paris, where his friends included Whistler, Auguste Rodin, Henry James, and other avant-garde artists. Alexander served as the president of the National Academy of Design, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, and was a member of the Societe National des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was well-known for his mural work, including six lunettes in the collection of the Library of Congress. In the soft colors and tints of gray, and in his use of patterned design, Alexander reflects the influence of Whistler.