Friday, May 23, 2014

American Impressionism: Theodore Earl Butler

Theodore Butler (1861-1936)

Giverny Trees, Wind and Snow (1892-1893)
Provo, Brigham Young University Museum of Art

The Roman Square at Night

Giverny Church, Sunset (1910)

Sunset at Veules-les-Roses, Normandy (1909)

Theodore Earl Butler, (1861–1936) was an American impressionist painter. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Paris to study art. He befriended Claude Monet in Giverny, and married his stepdaughter, Suzanne Hoschedé. After her death he married her sister, Marthe Hoschedé. Butler was a founding member of the Society of Independent Artists.

Butler's chosen subjects were domestic scenes of family and friends and the French landscape. Although his Impressionistic approach to painting sometimes reflected the influence of his father-in-law, his work also suggests Post-Impressionist tendencies as well.