Harriet Randall Lumis
(1870 - 1953)

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Connecticut Marshes


Born in Salem, Connecticut, Harriet Lumis used the palette and technique of French Impressionist artists and
was a founding member of the Academic Artists Association, a group opposed to abstract art. 

She married architect Fred Lumis and then in 1893, began art studies in Springfield, Massachusetts. She first
painted landscapes with Connecticut artist Leonard Ochtman from whom she learned the tonalist style. She
also studied with Parker Hayden at the New York Summer School in Cos Cob, Connecticut, and beginning 1920,
with Hugh Breckenridge at his School of Art in East Gloucester, Massachusetts. In 1921, she joined the National
Association of Women Painters and Sculptors.

In the 1930s, Carson, Pirie Scott and Company of Chicago handled her work, and she moved away from her
former heavy impasto technique to a more wash-like, broad application of color. In 1949, she invited to her studio
other traditional artists, those standing firm for realism against the encroaching modernism, to found the Academic
Artists Association. For the remainder of her career, she taught private art lessons and remained true to the
plein air method of painting.

She died in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 6, 1953.








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