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George DeForrest Brush
Date: September 28, 1855 - April 24, 1941
Remarks: Brush began his formal art training in 1871 at the National Academy of Design under Lemuel E. Wilmarth. In 1874, with the assistance of a benefactor, he went to Paris and enrolled in at the École des Beaux-Arts, studying there under Jean Léon Gérôme. Except for a brief visit home following his mother's death, Brush stayed in Paris for six years, returning to the United States in 1880. In 1881, accompanied by his brother, he went west, to California, Wyoming, and Montana, where he painted Indian life, habits, and dances-subject matter that he never completely abandoned. He sold his work to Harper's and Century and established a studio in New York City, where he also taught at the Art Students League. In 1886 he traveled to Canada and spent the next two years painting in Quebec. Brush maintained residence for many years in both Europe (Paris and Florence) and the United States (New York City and Dublin, New Hampshire). In Paris in 1890 he began to paint scenes of domestic life. Brush's career was along and successful one. His many awards included the first Hallgarten prize in 1888 from the National Academy of Design and gold medals at the Paris Exposition (1900), Pan American Exposition at Buffalo (1901) and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis(1904). He was a member of the National Institute of the Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.