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Lillian Genth

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(1876 – March 28, 1953)

Lillian Genth was an American impressionist painter best known for her female nudes in landscape scenes. She began her career attending the Philadelphia School of Design for Women in Pennsylvania on a scholarship. Her primary instructor was Elliot Daingerfield, who influenced her tonalist and coloristic qualities of her landscapes. After graduation in 1900, she received a fellowship to sponsor one year of painting in Europe. She first settled in Paris, France taking art classes at the Académie Carmen under James McNeil Whistler. Whistler also influenced Genth’s tonalistic qualities. Upon return to the United States in 1904 she began exhibiting in many exhibitions, the same year she had her first individual show at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. It wasn’t until 1906 that Genth began exploring female nudes. She established her style that depicts the nude female form in natural landscape settings. Her success was found in her ability to incorporate the nude form into the landscape naturally. She established great success from this subject matter; however, in 1928, she announced she would no longer paint nudes but dedicate herself to Spanish and Oriental themes exclusively.

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