William J. Forsyth
The Life and Work of an Indiana Artist
Publication Year: 2013
Closely associated with artists such as T. C. Steele and J. Ottis Adams, William J. Forsyth studied at the Royal Academy in Munich then returned home to paint what he knew best—the Indiana landscape. It proved a rewarding subject. His paintings were exhibited nationally and received major awards. With full-color reproductions of Forsyth’s most important paintings and previously unpublished photographs of the artist and his work, this book showcases Forsyth’s fearless experiments with artistic styles and subjects. Drawing on his personal letters and other sources, Rachel Berenson Perry discusses Forsyth and his art and offers fascinating insights into his personality, his relationships with his students, and his lifelong devotion to teaching and educating the public about the importance of art.
Published by: Indiana University Press
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...?How is it [selling artwork] done? Very simply, for they talk loud, they paint to sell, and they have friends to sell their pictures for them. Th eir object is not so much to paint well and soundly as to paint to please. . . . It?s a deuced sight easier to paint a pleasing thing than it is to paint a great thing. It is a deuced sight easier to paint other ...
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Wil.al.aiam.a F.ao.arsyth.a w.aas m.ay g.arandf.aath.aer. I am.a h.ais only grandchild. I never knew this man, as he had there, f_illing the walls of every home I have ever lived in. But think of it as her house, and it truly was her house, as she was in 1935 and her death in 1963, af_ter which it was sold and torn bookshelves in the library. Those shelves were f_illed with his ...
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At th.ae tim.ae o.af.a its f.airst c.aritic.aal.a ac.ac.al.aaim.a in 1894, the ?Hoosier Group? of Indiana painters, including T. C. nation. The f_ive artists were considered leaders in a potential sual artists here were searching for a voice uniquely their own.west af_ter studying abroad. Inspired by the idea of expressing States, if trained artists set_tled down at home and applied their ...
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I?ve w.aish.aed to.a w.arite ab.ao.au.at W.ail.al.aiam.a F.ao.arsyth.a f.ao.ar several years. His strong and painterly artwork and spicy her grandfather?s let_ters at the Indiana Historical Society Li-drawings, and painted china, as well as a sculpture, were gif_ted of reference services, Susan Sut_ton, coordinator of visual refer-ence services, and all of the helpful reference desk and reading ...
1: Small in Stature, Large in Spirit 1854–1881
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Th.ae O.ah.aio.a R.aiver ref.al.aec.ated seaso.anal.al.ay b.aril.al.aiant yellow and orange leaves of shoreline hardwoods when 15, 1854. He was to be the f_i rst of seven children born to Elijah John Forsyth Jr. (1820?95) and his bride of less than one year, of Ireland. Set_t ling in Baltimore, Alexander was listed in the nhard Zell of Baltimore. Th e couple had seven children. Elijah ...
2: Munich Drawing School December 1881–Fall 1883
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December one.oeight.oeight.oone.o?Fall one.oeight.oeight.othree.oAuthor?s note: During his years in Germany, William Forsyth wrote many lett ers to his patron, Tom Hibben, and to his family. Quotes fr om Forsyth?s handwritt en lett ers use his wording, but I?ve taken the liberty of altering his punctuation to improve clarity.W ith.a Steel.ae?s advic.ae ab.ao.au.at everyth.aing.a f.aro.am.a budgets to the best travel routes, William Forsyth ...
3: Munich Painting School and Private Studio Fall 1883–Fall 1888
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As su.am.am.aer days sh.ao.artened, F.ao.arsyth.a f.ao.au.and h.ais outdoor work exceptionally gratifying, but he again an-ing and you can?t work too late at night,? he wrote. ?Days f_l y f_i nd the f_i elds white with frost, . . . you feel like a condemned are over.?one.k Th is pat_t ern of grudgingly leaving a preferred fall colors, but his stylistic inclinations appeared to be conf_l icted. ...
4: The Beginnings of a Teacher Fall 1888–Fall 1897
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After docking in New York, William Forsyth spent a few days visiting old comrades in the city and back to his family?s rented Indianapolis south side house at 213 containing clothes and art supplies was stolen by a hack driver the reputation I have, but I couldn?t sell enough to pay studio rent . . . I wish you the very best of success and so shall give ...
5: Creating a Market for Landscapes Fall 1897–Summer 1904
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P art of his relu.actance to retu.arn to the city had to have been Forsyth?s tender romance with his new bride. Alice Atkinson, eighteen years her husband?s junior, was born in Oxford in Benton County, Indiana, on May five.o, 18seven.o2. Her cat_t le in 183zero.o. He liked the area and returned with his fam-Af_t er his fi rst wife?s early death, Robert Atkinson married a ...
6: Independent Painting While Teaching 1905–1923
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Following his notab.ale L.aou.aisiana P.au.archase Exposition awards, Forsyth successfully sold a few land-ings displayed at the Lieber Galleries. In early 19zero.o6 the Louis housing at Steele?s previous residence at 16th and Pennsylvania built. [Edward Henry Pot_t hast (18five.oseven.o?192seven.o)] thought that Indy place at 1five.o South Emerson Avenue in Irvington and moved in ...
7: The Last Fight 1923–1935
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Forsyth?s p.aainting The Smoker won the Mary T. R. Foulke Purchase Prize of u0024.o1five.ozero.o at the Rich-in 1923. Calling it ?that portrait of myself with a cigaret_t e in cigaret_t e . . . and that impudent grin in evidence, as if I didn?t give a whoop who saw me. . . . I never dreamed of it get_t ing a prize and really didn?t want to part with it. . . . Well, the prize ...
8: Forsyth’s Students
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Forsyth taught hundreds of students in his forty-two years as an art instructor. His commit-his pupils. He insisted, ?Don?t paint as I do. Draw, draw, draw, let you go through a series of poses until near the end. Th en he ted his students to light up. ?His was the only class you could about living their lives for Art. Grant Christian (1911?89), who ...
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T o tal.ak.a ab.aout F.aorsyth?s p.aaintings in a methodical, chronological way, as art historians typi-atically to fi nd his artistic voice, or developing a method for murals, the exceptions to his size preference, were simplifi ed life. It?s also possible that the artist?s restless personality didn?t his early twenties. During rigorous training at John Love?s art ...
Appendix: Forsyth Paintings Exhibited Before 1937
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About the Author
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Painting Indiana III (I.aU.aP.a, 2013), Barry Gealt, Embracing Nature (I.aU.aP.a, 2012), Paint and Canvas: A Biography of T. C. Steele (Indiana Historical Society, 2012), T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists, 1896?1914 (I.aU.aP.a, 2009), and Children from ...
Page Count: 172
Illustrations: 61 color illus., 1 b&w illus
Publication Year: 2013