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Name: Benjamin West
Dates: (1738 - 1820)
Nationality: American
Biography: The value placed on Benjamin West’s work has fluctuated greatly according to changing fashions over almost two hundred years, but his importance in both European and American art history cannot be denied. Although the Pennsylvania-born artist spent most of his life in London, for forty years almost every ambitious young American painter who had the chance traveled there to study with him (including Rembrandt Peale and Thomas Sully. Almost all of West’s American students, most of whom then returned to the United States where they would lay the foundations for American art, remembered West’s generosity to them and conveyed their grateful recollections to their students. West’s long career and his prominent positions as the second president of the Royal Academy in London and history painter to George III made him an influential figure in the European movements of Neoclassicism and Romanticism.

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Highlighted Work: Benjamin West (Williams, John)
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