Musée No:379.054

Musée No:379.054

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Artist: Charles Ethan Porter

Mountain Laurel

Date: 1888

Charles Ethan Porter (1847 –1923) was an American painter best known for his still life paintings using rich colours and brilliant attention to detail.  He was born to a free African American family in Rockville, Connecticut in 1847. His early interest in drawing was inspired by his mother’s garden and the fields and woodlands surrounding his home. As a young man he saved money from odd jobs in order to attend art school. Just a few years after the Civil War ended in 1869, Porter became the first African American to attend the National Academy in New York and was one of the first African Americans to exhibit there. He was the only African-American artist at the turn of the century who painted in still life. In 1878, Porter set up a studio in Hartford, Connecticut and his fruit and flower paintings were popular and purchased by area collectors. Famous local resident the author Mark Twain bought his work and hung it prominently in his dining room. The influential landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church visited his studio, and bought paintings, and complimented his use of colour declaring that Porter had "no superior as a colorist in the United States."


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