Inscribed on canvas verso: "'IN THE MONTH OF JUNE'/BY HENRY MCCARTER/PHILADELPHIA"
This picture relates to "In the Month of May" exhibited at PAFA; possibly also relates to "Steichen's Garden"
Henry Bainbridge McCarter was born in Philadelphia where he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins. However, McCarter was more influenced by his study in Paris in the late 1880s with such artists Puvis de Chavannes, Leon Bonnat, and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, among others, and became familiar with the most recent French styles, especially Fauvism. After returning to Philadelphia, McCarter supported himself as a commercial illustrator and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy, where he encouraged students who were interested in modernism. He was considered the first of the early Modernist painters, and some of his students included Arthur B. Carles, Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth. His focus on non-literal, vibrant color and attention to the effects of light clearly reflected his modernist sensibility.
His colorful works won awards at such significant exhibitions as the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, and the Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. He also won awards at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1930 and 1939, and the Philadelphia Art Club in 1935 and 1936. McCarter died in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
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