Arts Everyday Living: A Room in New England–An Artist’s Daughters on a Summer Day

Edmund Charles Tarbell, Josephine and Mercie, 1908, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase Gallery Fund), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: Josephine and Mercie, 1908

Artist: Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862-1938)

Have you heard of the Boston School? These American artists, working mainly in the late 19th century and early 20th century, are being featured in our blogs, beginning with William M. Paxton (see:Thursday, April 4) and continuing today. Here are some Fast Facts about another member Edmund Charles Tarbell, who is best known for domestic scenes.

FAST FACTS: Born April 26, 1862, Groton, Massachusetts; Death, 1938, New Castle, New Hampshire. Background in art growing up and was an apprentice at Forbes Lithographic Company. Studied at Boston Museum School of Fine Arts where he met future Impressionists Frank Weston Benton (1862-1951) and Robert Reid (1862-1929). Moved to Paris, enrolling at the Academie Julian; while abroad he absorbed both academic and Impressionist influences. Returned to Boston in 1886, where laid the foundation of his career, both as a respected painter and teacher at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. He also was a member of The Ten, founded in 1898, an innovative groups of American artists, including Childe Hassam, John H.Twachtman and later William Merritt Chase.

However, perhaps Tarbell’s most memorable works were done at his summer home in New Castle, near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For example, in Josephine and Mercie, Tarbell creates a comfortable atmosphere, where his daughters are engaged in everyday activities, surrounded by the traditional furnishings and decor of New England’s colonial past.

Sources: The website of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the website of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.



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