June 3, 2017
Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), Stolen Glances, 1880, oil on panel, 16 x 22 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Paul E. Benton.
American Impressionist painter Theodore Robinson was born on this day in 1852. Robinson studied art in New York and Paris, exhibiting at the Salon of 1877. In 1888, Robinson moved to Giverny, France, where he became a close friend and next-door neighbor to Claude Monet. Robinson developed his signature style under Monet’s influence during this time. In the 1890s, Robinson returned to America, where he taught at many schools in New England, while still painting landscapes and genre scenes in the Impressionist style. He always planned to return to France, but died in 1896 at the age of 42.