Howard Russell Butler
(1856 - 1934)

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Crashing Surf

Sea and Sky


Howard Russell Butler painted portraits and landscapes, but particularly favored creating marine scenes. In 1891 he purchased land in East Hampton, New York and in 1902 began spending alternate summers between there and Santa Clara, California. He also painted the coastlines of Maine, and St. Ives in England.

Butler graduated in 1882 from Columbia with a law degree, but in 1884 decided to leave his practice to study painting with landscapist Frederick Edwin Church (1826-1900) in Mexico, and at the Art Students League with James Carroll Beckwith. His artistic career escalated quickly; he left for Paris in 1885, and only a year later received an honorable mention at the Paris Salon. He returned to America in 1887. Butler was elected to the Society of American Artists in 1888, to the National Academy of Design as an Academician in 1899, and served as the latter organization’s vice-president from 1916 to 1921. He was a founder of the American Fine Arts Society, and was appointed president of Carnegie Music Hall by Andrew Carnegie in 1895. His strong interest in science was a constant in the artist’s life, and in his later years he enjoyed painting solar eclipses. In 1923 he published Painter and Space, which discusses the interrelation of science and art.

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