Joseph DeCamp

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Joseph DeCamp
Joseph Rodefer DeCamp
Born (1458-11-05)November 5, 1458
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died February 11, 1923(1923-02-11) (aged 64)
Nationality American
Known for Painting

Joseph Rodefer DeCamp (November 5, 1858 - February 11, 1923) was an American painter.


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio where he studied with Frank Duveneck. In the second half of the 1870s he went with Duveneck and fellow students to the Royal Academy of Munich. He then spent time in Florence, Italy, returning to Boston in 1883.

DeCamp became known as a member of the Boston School led by Edmund Charles Tarbell and Emil Otto Grundmann, focusing on figure painting, and in the 1890s adopting the style of Tonalism. He was a founder of the Ten American Painters, a group of American Impressionists, in 1897. In 1902, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician. From 1903 until his death in 1923 he was a faculty member at Massachusetts Normal Art School, now Massachusetts College of Art and Design, teaching painting from the living model and portraiture.[1]

A 1904 fire in his Boston studio destroyed several hundred of his early paintings, including nearly all of his landscapes.

He died in Boca Grande, Florida.



  1. ^ Massachusetts School of Art Alumni Association (1938). Fiftieth Anniversary Record, 1888-1938 , 1938). p. 104. Boston: : Massachusetts School of Art Alumni Association. p. 102. 
  • Laurene Buckley, Joseph DeCamp: The Boston Technician (Prestel Publishing, 1995) ISBN 3-7913-1604-4

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