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JAMES RENWICK BREVOORT, NA

(1832-1918)

HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL PAINTER

by Danielle Peltakian

James Renwick Brevoort is well known for his fine landscapes done in the tradition of the Hudson River School and the French Barbizon School.




Table of Contents

I. BIOGRAPHY AND AN ANALYSIS OF THE ARTIST'S WORK

Born in Yonkers, NY, James Renwick Brevoort, NA (1832-1918) earned a degree in architecture under the instruction of his cousin, architect James Renwick, Jr. (1818-1895) -- designer of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Brevoort later pursued a career as an artist, studying under painter Thomas Cummings (1804-1894). In 1861, he was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design (NAD), later earning full membership in 1863. He became recognized for his landscapes of rural New York, which are often painted with realistic detail and dramatic lighting, much in the popular style of the Hudson River School.

Following the death of his first wife, he auctioned off his entire collection of paintings and relocated to Europe with his new bride, Marie Louise Bascom-- a talented artist herself, who won the first medal ever awarded by the NAD. Once in Europe, Brevoort adopted a looser brushstroke and a lighter color palette similar to the Barbizon School. Before settling in Florence, he and his wife made several sketching trips to England and the Netherlands. Once in Italy, Brevoort became a member of the Royal Academy in Urbino. In 1880, the couple returned to Yonkers, where Brevoort lived until his death at the age of 86. Today, the Hudson River Museum in the artist’s hometown of Yonkers owns an impressive collection of his work.

II. CHRONOLOGY

  • 1832 James Renwick Brevoort born in Yonkers, NY on July 20
  • 1854 Received a degree in architecture from New York University
  • 1863 Became a member of the National Academy of Design (NAD)
  • 1872 Professor of perspective at the NAD
  • 1873 Married second wife, artist Marie Louise Bascom, in April. Auctioned his studio work, and with his new bride, left for Europe.
  • 1880 Returned to Yonkers, NY
  • 1918 Died in Yonkers, NY on December 15
  • III. COLLECTIONS

  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • George Walter Vincent Smith Museum
  • Hudson River Museum
  • Museum of Fine Art, Springfield, MA
  • National Academy of Design, NY
  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • Yonkers, NY
  • IV. EXHIBITIONS

  • 1858 Boston Athenaeum
  • 1861-74, 1879-81 Boston Art Club
  • 1861, 1863, 1866, 1876 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
  • 1865-1900 National Academy of Design
  • 1916-18 Yonkers Art Association
  • V. MEMBERSHIPS

    Brooklyn Art Association
  • Century Association
  • National Academy of Design
  • Royal Academy, Urbino, Italy
  • Yonkers Art Association (Founder)
  • VI. Bibliography

      1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed. Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975. Vol. I. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.

    VII. WORKS FOR SALE BY THIS ARTIST


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