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Philip Leslie Hale American  1865 - 1931
The Blue Kimono
Oil on Canvas
36 x 29 inches, sight
Category: Paintings - American
Era: 19th Century
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Spring 2006
Philip Leslie Hale (American, 1865-1931), The Blue Kimono; Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 inches. Signed lower right.

This founding member of the Boston School first studied at the Museum of Fine Arts and then at the Art Students League under J.Alden Weir and Kenyon Cox. In 1887, Hale moved to Paris where he enrolled at the Academie des Beaux-Arts and, subsequently, the Academie Julian. During the latter period, he studied with Jules-Joseph Lefebre, a rigorous draughtsman whose emphasis on life-study contributed greatly to Hale's increasing mastery of human anatomy. At this time, he also met Whistler whose work he came to greatly admire and whose subtle palette and taste for Japonisme particularly attracted him. In 1888, the artist made the first of his many annual trips to Giverny. Here, he began to experiment with a more intuitive style for which his intensive academic training had been preparing him. His palette lightened while his brushwork relaxed and became more fluid. In 1890, he traveled to Spain to study the old masters and, particularly, the glazing techniques of Velasquez. In 1889, Hale made his debut at the Salon of the Champs de Mars and he continued to exhibit with success at the Parisian Salons until his return to Boston in 1893. In the fall of that year, he began his long and influential teaching career at the Museum School. Hale's work is held in the permanent collections of the nation's most prominent museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Portrait Gallery among many others. We are offering an important figural work from the artist's Paris period.

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