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Edmund Charles Tarbell

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Edmund Charles Tarbell was born on April 26th, 1862, in West Groton, Massachusetts. Edmund Charles Tarbell was a prolific draftsman at an early age. He apprenticed at the Forbes Lithographic Company at the age of fifteen. In 1880, he enrolled at the Boston Museum School and painted under Otto Grundmann. He met Frank W. Benson and Robert Reid at the school and decided to go to Paris, France, with them in 1884. They studied at the Academie Julian under Jules-Joseph Lefebvre and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Even though Edmund Charles Tarbell learned more traditional techniques, he became influenced by Impressionist paintings. In 1885, Edmund Charles Tarbell returned to Boston, Massachusetts, to start his career as a portrait and figure painter. However, he immediately moved to New York City to seek membership in the Society of American Artists. He became a member and regularly exhibited with the Society at the National Academy of Design. He became a teacher and the head of the painting department at the Boston Museum School in 1890. He taught there until 1913. He became a director at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. for about seven years. He retired in 1926, living the rest of his days in his house in New Castle, New Hampshire, until he died on August 1st, 1938. Meta description: Edmund Charles Tarbell was a draftsman, portrait, and figure painter. He was a teacher and the head of the painting department at the Boston Museum School.

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