Edmund C. Tarbell
|Edmund C. Tarbell|
Edmund C. Tarbell
April 26, 1862|
August 1, 1938
New Castle, New Hampshire
|Education||School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
|Known for||Impressionism, Painting|
|Movement||Ten American Painters|
Edmund Charles Tarbell (April 26, 1862 – August 1, 1938) was an American Impressionist painter. A member of the Ten American Painters, his work hangs in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery, DeYoung Museum, National Academy of Design, New Britain Museum of American Art, Worcester Art Museum, and numerous other collections.
- Early life and education 1
- Marriage and family 2
- Works 3.1
- Honors and legacy 4
- Sampling of paintings 5
- References 6
- External links 7
Early life and education
Edmund C. Tarbell was born in the Asa Tarbell House, which stands beside the Squannacook River in West Groton, Massachusetts. His father, Edmund Whitney Tarbell, died in 1863 after contracting typhoid fever while serving in the Civil War. His mother, Mary Sophia (Fernald) Tarbell, remarried a shoemaking-machine manufacturer. Young "Ned" (as he was nicknamed) and his older sister, Nellie Sophia, were left to be raised by their paternal grandparents in Groton, a frontier town during the French and Indian Wars that the early Tarbell family helped settle.
As a youth, Tarbell took evening art lessons from George H. Bartlett at the Massachusetts Normal Art School. Between 1877 and 1880, he apprenticed at the Forbes Lithographic Company in Boston. In 1879, he entered the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, studying under Otto Grundmann. He matriculated in the same class with Robert Reid and Frank Weston Benson, two other future members of the Ten American Painters.
Tarbell was encouraged to continue his education in Paris, France, then center of the art world. Consequently, in 1883 he entered the Académie Julian to study under Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Paris exposed him to rigorous academic training, which invariably included copying Old Master paintings at the Louvre Museum, but also to the Impressionist movement then sweeping the city's galleries. That duality would inform his work. In 1884, Tarbell's education included a Grand Tour to Italy, and the following year to Italy, Belgium, Germany and Brittany.
Marriage and family
Two years after returning to Boston, at age 26 Tarbell married Emeline Souther, an art student and daughter of a prominent Dorchester family. Preferring to work from posed models, Tarbell often painted those immediately at hand—his wife, four children (Josephine, Mercie, Mary and Edmund Arnold Tarbell), and grandchildren. The paintings illustrate their lives.
While teaching at the Museum School in Boston, Tarbell and his family lived from 1886 until 1906 in the Ashmont section of Dorchester, the house belonging to his stepfather, David Frank Hartford. Then they lived on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston at the Hotel Somerset, located beside The Fens and not far from his atelier in the Fenway Studios on Ipswich Street.
In 1905, they bought as a summer residence a mantelpiece attributed to Ebenezer Dearing (1730-1791), a master Portsmouth ship woodcarver. The Tarbells eventually retired to New Castle.
In 1889, Tarbell assumed the position of his former mentor, Otto Grundmann, at the Museum School, where he was a popular teacher. He gave pupils a solid academic art training: before they learned to paint, they had to render from plaster casts of classical statues. His students included Margaret Fitzhugh Browne, F. Luis Mora, and Lilian Westcott Hale. So pervasive was his influence on Boston painting that his followers were dubbed "The Tarbellites."
But in 1912, the Museum of Fine Arts hired Huger Elliott from the
- Edmund C. Tarbell and the Ideas of the "Boston School", Guild of Boston Artists lecture
- Edmund C. Tarbell on YouTube
- Grave of Edmund C. Tarbell on Find a Grave
- Survey of West GrotonJohnson, Sanford, , Massachusetts Historical Commission 2006
- Thomas Tarbell and Some of His DescendantsWight, Charles Henry; New England Genealogical Society, Boston 1907
- Buckley, Laurene; Edmund C. Tarbell, Poet of Domesticity (2001); Hudson Hills Press, 1133 Broadway, Suite 1301, New York, NY
- , Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick GalleryEdmund C. Tarbell
- Whitehill, Walter Muir, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, A Centennial History; Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA 1970, p. 433
- Strickler, Susan, et al.; Edmund C. Tarbell, Impressionism Transformed (2001); Currier Gallery of Art, 201 Myrtle Way, Manchester, NH
- Edmund C. TarbellCox, Kenyon; The Guild of Boston Artists
- Pursuing His Passion: Edmund C. Tarbell (2001); video, Currier Gallery of Art, 201 Myrtle Way, Manchester, NH
- "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter T". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- "Great American Painter Dies," The Boston Traveler, August 3, 1938, p. 16
- Henry Clay Frick and daughter Helen on Flickr
- 1890 - Three Sisters
- 1890 - Woman in White
- 1891 - A Girl Sewing in an Orchard
- 1891 - In the Orchard
- 1892 - Girl with Horse
- 1892-3 - The Bath
- 1893 - Mother and Child in Pine Woods
- 1893 - A Summer Idyll
- 1893 - An Amethyst
- 1894 - Arrangement in Pink and Gray
- 1896 - Girl's Head and Shoulders
- 1897 - Girl in Pink and Green
- 1898 - Blue Veil
- 1899 - My Family at Cotuit
- 1899 - Across the Room
- 1900 - A Sketch
- 1902 - Schooling the Horses
- 1904 - Girl Crocheting
- 1904 - By the River (Riverbank)
- 1904 - Summer Breeze
- 1906-7 Girls Reading
- 1907 - Preparing for the Matinee
- 1907 - New England Interior
- 1907 - Josephine and Mercie
- 1909 - Girl Reading
- 1909 - Piscataqua River
- 1910 - A Girl Mending
- 1910 - Henry Clay Frick and Helen Clay Frick
- 1911 - My Children in the Woods
- 1911 - Woman with Corsage
- 1912 - Mercie Cutting Flowers
- 1912 - Dreamer
- 1913 - Reverie
- 1914 - Young Girl Studying
- 1914 - My Family
- 1916 - Nell and Elinor
- 1919 - Mary and the Venus
- 1922 - Mother and Mary
- 1926 - Peonies and Iris
- 1928 - Marjorie and Little Edmund
Sampling of paintings
- "Edmund Tarbell contributed to America's place in the world of art. To him and his work Europe turned its eyes in admiration, as did the whole people in America. Tarbell's works were honest works. In him was none of the transient sensationalism which brought notoriety to others. Tarbell canvases will be speaking to the world centuries from now. His character was as true as his art."
- Tarbell won many art prizes and medals, an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth College in 1929, and served as juror of painting at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition.
- He was elected a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1906, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1927.
- Tarbell's funeral service was held in Boston at King's Chapel, his obituary reading: "Great American Painter Dies," The Boston Traveler, August 3, 1938;
Honors and legacy
Tarbell painted portraits of many notable individuals, including industrialist Henry Clay Frick, Yale University President Timothy Dwight V, and U.S. presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover.
His 1891 plein air painting entitled In the Orchard established his reputation as an artist. It depicts his wife with her siblings at leisure. Tarbell became famous for impressionistic, richly hued images of figures in landscapes. His later work shows the influence of Johannes Vermeer, the 17th-century Dutch painter. In such works, Tarbell typically portrays figures in genteel Colonial Revival interiors; these studies of light and tone are executed with restrained brushwork and color.
In 1918, Tarbell was hired as principal of the art school at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, a position he held until 1926. But the Museum of Fine Arts wanted him back at the Museum School, appointing him in 1925 as Chairman of the Advisory Council. For two years he promoted and oversaw construction of the school's new building designed by Guy Lowell. In 1930, however, the school asked Augustus John to recommend English artists as instructors. Tarbell and Benson, advocates of indigenous talent, would again resign.
opened in 1914. Tarbell was its first president, serving through 1924. The Guild of Boston Artists, Brahmin, painter and affluent Lilla Cabot Perry The men in 1913 discussed founding a society to encourage art and artists in the city. With financial backing from