WILLIAM MERRITT POST
1865 - 1935
Oil on Canvas
45 x 32
This moody and evocative landscape is an excellent example of William Merritt Post's love of the countryside. William Merritt Post was born in Brooklyn to a commodities merchant who at the age of 24 began drawing lessons and shortly after enrolled at the Art Students League in New York City. Attracted to the rural landscape he soon began taking trips outside of NY into the countryside of New Jersey and Long Island. Here he perfected his impressionistic palette of tonalist hues that he would become known for. Later he would move to Applewood, CT, where he began painting pléin air landscapes continuing his fascination with country streams and reflections of water. His exhibitions include the National Academy of Design, Boston Museum Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery among many others. At 70 he and his moved to Manhattan where - although at a slower pace - he continued to exhibit at the National Academy of Design.Post died in NYc in 1935 at the age of 78.
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