Biografie von Hamilton Easter FIELD (1873-1922)

Birth place: Brooklyn, NY

Death place: Brooklyn, NY

Addresses: Brooklyn, NY; Ogunquit, ME

Profession: Painter, etcher, writer, teacher

Studied: Harvard; Columbia (architecture for one year, 1893); Acad. Colarossi, Paris, with Gérôme; and with Collin, Courtois, Fantin-Latour, Simon, all in Paris, 1894-1901; Brittany, 1904

Exhibited: SNBA, 1899; PAFA, 1903; Brooklyn AA, 1912; Salons of Am.; Soc. Indp. A., 1917-22

Member: S. Indp. A; Brooklyn SA; Modern AA.; Salons of Am. (founder)

Comments: In 1921, he broke from the Society of Independent Artists to found the even more liberal Salons of America in order to promote exhibitions that would be open to all artists on a truly "no jury, no awards" basis. He owned several houses in Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, where he rented rooms to artists. He died unexpectedly of pneumonia, and his sole heir was the sculptor, Robert Laurent. Positions: art editor, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Touchstone, The Arts; assoc. editor, Arts and Decoration; director, Thurnscoe Sch. Art, Ogunquit, ME & Ardsley Sch. Art, Brooklyn.

Sources: WW21; Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 342; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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