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American & European Paintings - September 2008
 
 
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Adolphe Borie
(American, 1877–1934)
Seated Female Nude
Watercolor and charcoal, 9 × 12 inches
RS 4960


Born in Philadelphia, Adolphe Borie studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1895–1899) under William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) and Thomas Anshutz (1851–1912), and then at the Royal Academy of Munich (1899–1902) with Carl Marr (1858–1936). He frequently visited Paris, where he was influenced by both French Impressionism and Modernism. Borie was an extremely successful portraitist and won the Carol H. Beck Gold Medal for portraiture from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1910. This achievement was followed by numerous other prestigious awards. He was elected an associate of the National Academy of Design in 1917, and made a full academician in 1934. He was also affiliated with the National Society of Portrait Painters, the Art Club of Philadelphia, and the Allied Artists of America.

Although best known as a portraitist, Borie painted still life, landscapes, and other subjects. Along with Arthur B. Carles (1882–1952) and Henry McCarter (1864–1942), he was one of the Philadelphia artists who rejected the traditional approach to art that Thomas Eakins (1844–1916) had instilled at the Academy and who introduced modern art to the city. Such works came to the publicís attention during the memorial exhibition of Borieís work that was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1935.


  


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