Edwin Blashfield

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Edwin Blashfield
The Resources of Wisconsin: the dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol, 1917
The mosaic of St. Matthew from St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington DC.

Edwin Howland Blashfield (December 5, 1848 – October 12, 1936) was an American painter and muralist.

He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts after initial coursework in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He moved to Europe in 1867 to study with Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat in Paris and remained abroad until 1881, traveling, painting, and exhibiting his work in salon shows. His academic background in painting and extensive travels in Italy to study fresco painting melded in work marked by delicacy and beauty of coloring. Following his early success as a genre painter, Blashfield became a widely admired muralist whose work ornamented the dome of the Manufacturers' and Liberal Arts building at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, in Chicago, several state capitols, and the central dome of the Library of Congress. He was a member of numerous arts organizations, including the National Academy of Design, the Society of Mural Painters, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Blashfield served, from 1920–26, as President of the National Academy of Design. Among his many honors, Blashfield was awarded a Gold Medal by the National Academy of Design in 1934, an honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects, and an honorary doctorate of fine arts by New York University in 1926. He served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 1912–16. His circle of friends included sculptor Daniel Chester French, painters John Singer Sargent and Maxfield Parrish, and architect Cass Gilbert.[1] His style was influenced by 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[edit]

A mural by him is located in the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse, Cleveland, Ohio

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas E. Luebke, ed., Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 2013): Appendix B, p. 540.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Lawyers' Club's Sumptous New Home Ready This Week", New York Times, September 15, 1912, Sunday.
  4. ^ "New Book on Edwin Blashfield features CCNY Mural", Press Release, City College of New York, Thursday, Sep 17, 2009

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