Theodore Earl Butler  (American, 1861-1936) 

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Theodore Earl Butler Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861–1936) was one of America’s most innovative Impressionist artists, and was the son-in-law of famed painter Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926).

Born in 1861, Butler enrolled in the Art Students League in New York, and then continued his studies at various art academies in Paris. While in Paris, Butler enrolled at La Grande-Chaumière, Atelier Colarossi, and at the Académie Julian, alongside Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947) and Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868–1940). Butler studied under Charles Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran (French, 1837–1917), whose studio began with 12 students, including Butler, James Carroll Beckwith (American, 1852–1917), and Will Low (American, 1853–1932). The following year, John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), a friend of Paul César Helleu (French, 1859–1927), joined them. Carolus-Duran, who was also known to give free private lessons to painters, introduced his students to the work of Monet. Monet had moved to Giverny in 1883, and it was there that Butler visited him in the summer of 1888. Initially inspired by Monet, Butler eventually developed his own technique and style.

Still tied to Impressionist subject matter, Butler applied his own vivid, energetic brushwork, striking colors, and highly saturated pigments to his boldly executed compositions. The prestigious Vollard Gallery hosted a solo show for Butler in 1897. Butler then traveled to New York, where he executed his innovative and very well-received Brooklyn Bridge painting. From that point forward, Butler turned from genre scenes to landscape painting. Butler participated in the Armory Show in Chicago in 1913, and the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco two years later.

He was a Founding member of the Society of Independent Artists.

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Theodore Earl Butler, Le Chaussée de Limetz, Giverny (On the way to Limetz, Giverny)

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Le Chaussée de Limetz, Giverny (On the way to Limetz, Giverny)
circa 1920

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Theodore Earl Butler, The Old Bridge in Vernon (near Giverny)

 

Theodore Earl Butler
The Old Bridge in Vernon (near Giverny)
1909

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Theodore Earl Butler, Monet's Daughter, Suzanne, and her children

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Monet's Daughter, Suzanne, and her children
1898

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Theodore Earl Butler, Soleil couchant à Veules-les-Roses

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Soleil couchant à Veules-les-Roses
1909

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Theodore Earl Butler, Untitled - Buildings and Trees - Old Farm - Toulgouat House

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Untitled - Buildings and Trees - Old Farm - Toulgouat House
1926

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Theodore Earl Butler, Lili and Jim at the Table

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Lili and Jim at the Table
circa 1908

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Theodore Earl Butler, Butlers Garden (Green Chair)

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Butlers Garden (Green Chair)
circa 1926

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Theodore Earl Butler, Brooklyn Bridge

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Brooklyn Bridge
1900

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Theodore Earl Butler, The Bath

 

Theodore Earl Butler
The Bath
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Theodore Earl Butler, Flowers in a garden

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Flowers in a garden, 1928
oil on canvas

 

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Theodore Earl Butler, The Red Bridge in Vernon Near Giverny

 

Theodore Earl Butler
The Red Bridge in Vernon Near Giverny, 1909
oil on canvas

 

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Theodore Earl Butler, Fireworks, Bridge at Vernon, France

 

Theodore Earl Butler
Fireworks, Bridge at Vernon, France, 1908
gouache on paper

 

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1861   Born in Columbus, OH
1886   Set of for Paris, France
1887   Studied at the academies Julian and Colarossi and in the independent atelier of Carolus-Duran
1888   Honorable Mention for his painting La Veuve (The Widow), Paris Salon, Paris, France
1892   Settled in Giverny, France
1892   Married Suzanne Hoschede, Monet's stepdaughter
1913   Returned to the United States to install murals in the suburban New York home of William A. Paine
1913   Contributed two canvases to the International Exhibition of Modern Art (more familiarly known as the "Armory Show"), which was held in New York that year
1918 - 1921   Founded the Society of Independent Artists and served on the board of directors
1921   Returned to Giverny, France
1936   Died in Giverny, France