The mosaic of St. Matthew from St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington DC.
Edwin Howland Blashfield (December 5, 1848 – October 12, 1936), an American artist, was born in New York City.
He was a pupil of Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat in Paris beginning in 1867, and became (1888) a member of the National Academy of Design in New York. For some years a genre painter, he later turned to decorative work, where his academic background in painting and extensive travels to study fresco painting in Italy melded in work marked by rare delicacy and beauty of coloring.
Considered a leading muralist of the late 19th century, he painted mural decorations or created mosaics in a number of places associated with the American Renaissance period.
His style is cited as an influence of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Jean-Paul Laurens, and Paul Baudry.
With his wife he wrote Italian Cities (1900) and translated Vasari's Lives of the Painters (4 vols., 1897), and was well known as a lecturer and writer on art. He became president of the Society of Mural Painters, and of the Society of American Artists.
 Selected commissions
- in Atlanta, Georgia
- in Chicago
- in Washington D.C.
- the Iowa State Capitol at Des Moines, Iowa
- the Minnesota State Capitol at St. Paul, Minnesota
- the Governor's office in Pierre, South Dakota
- the Wisconsin State Capitol at Madison, Wisconsin
- the federal courthouse in Baltimore
- the Mahoning County Court House, Youngstown, Ohio
- the Detroit Public Library
- in New York City
- in Philadelphia
- the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Many paintings by the artist are present, including "North Wall Alma Mater", "South Wall Right Panel Humanity", "North Wall Left Panel Angels in Trees", et al., all painted 1923-1930.
A mural by him is located in the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse, Cleveland, Ohio
- ^ "Panel in Lawyer's Club, Equitable Building, New York City", 1895, Smithsonian Institution. The Lawyers' Club had been in the old Equitable Building which was destroyed by fire in 1912. This mural by Blashfield was from that building. The new location of The Lawyers' Club was at 115 Broadway in the United States Realty Building.
- ^ Lawyers' Club's Sumptous New Home Ready This Week", New York Times, September 15, 1912, Sunday.
- ^ "New Book on Edwin Blashfield features CCNY Mural", Press Release, City College of New York, Thursday, Sep 17, 2009
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Blashfield, Edwin Howland". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- "Blashfield, Edwin Howland". New International Encyclopedia. 1900.
- Cortissoz, Royal, introduction, The Works of Edwin Howland Blashfield, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1937
- The Works of Edwin Howland Blashfield", Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
 Further reading
- Blashfield, Edwin, Mural Painting in America: The Scammon Lectures Delivered Before the Art Institute of Chicago, March 1912, New York : C. Scribner’s sons, 1913.
- Vasari, Giorgio; Blashfield, Edwin, (editor) Lives of seventy of the most eminent painters, sculptors and architects, Volume 4, New York : C. Scribner's sons, 1902
- Weiner, Mina Rieur, (editor), Edwin Howland Blashfield: Master American Muralist, New York : W.W. Norton, 2009. ISBN 978-0-393-73281-8
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