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Robert Hogg Nisbet

American Artist    (1879-1961)

Painting in Plein Air

Oil  on Board

12 . 16 in. unfr.  18 x 22 in. fr.


Born in Rhode Island, Nisbet proved to be a precocious talent and entered the Rhode Island School of Design at the age of eight.  After attending Brown, he was named President of the Art Students League, and studied in New York as well as abroad.  He was elected President of the National Arts Club, Associate Member of the National Academy of Design, and won numerous National Academy awards for his paintings and etchings.  His work was exhibited in Paris, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Gallery and the Smithsonian in Washington DC, and at the Yale Art Museum.

Nisbet was greatly inspired by the Impressionist and Post Impressionist movements in France, infusing his composition with vibrancy and chromatic intensity through his bold use of light and warm tonalities.  The subject matter of painting en plein air became popular among artists such as John Singer Sargent, who were able to take newly available of tubes of color out of their studios and into nature, where they could more easily capture the modulation of  light on form and texture.

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