|Biography: ||Together with her sister Rosina Emmet Sherwood (1854-1948) and her cousin Ellen Emmet Rand (1876-1941), Lydia Field Emmet was one of three talented women artists–from a family distinguished by achievement in the professions, literature, art, and public service–who became especially well known for their portraits of children.|
The three aspiring artists studied painting in New York with William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), probably the most influential American teacher of his time. Chase’s classes--in New York, Philadelphia, and California; in various parts of Europe, where he guided and taught American students during several summers; and especially at the Shinnecock Summer School of Art on Long Island--included many young women at a time when women were just beginning to gain acceptance as professional artists. Emmet also studied with Henry Siddons Mowbray (1858-1928), Kenyon Cox (1856-1919), and Robert Reid (1862-1929) in New York. She continued her training in Paris with William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905), Louis-Joseph-Raphaël Collin (1850-1916), Tony Robert-Fleury (1837-1912), and the American sculptor and painter Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), who worked with Claude Monet (1840-1926) at Giverny.
Lydia Field Emmet exhibited widely in museums and at international expositions, where she won many awards. In 1982 the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, mounted The Emmets: A Family of Women Painters, with a checklist and essay by Martha J. Hoppin.
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