Willard Leroy Metcalf
Late 19th c-Early 20th c Early Modern Painter
Metcalf was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and studied at the Lowell Institute in Boston with George L. Brown at the Boston Art School, and in Paris with Boulanger and Lefebvre at the Academie Julian. Upon his return to the United States he took up teaching at the Cooper Union and the Art Students' League in New York City. He was a member of "The Ten," and embraced the ideas of French Impressionism, and the play of light and shade. He was known for his Impressionist style landscapes. In 1903 he spent a year in Maine, where his interest in figure painting was supplanted by his dedication to the portrayal of the New England landscape. Clark Art Institute Libr.; Havlice, Inx. Art. Bio.; RILA/BHA; Young, "American Artists", p.33.