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J. Francis Murphy
Summer Landscape, 1888
Oil on canvas
14 ½ x 19 inches
Hermann Dudley Murphy

(American, 1853-1921)

J. Francis Murphy was concerned with capturing the mood or the emotive powerful, poetic sense of a landscape and used translucent glazes to achieve certain atmospheric effects. As one can see from this early example, he often is compared with George Inness, but the two are completely different in style and approach. During his lifetime, Murphy sold paintings for enormous sums of money and he became a wealthy, famous artist by the age of 40.

Landscape painter and illustrator John Francis Murphy was born in Oswego, NY in 1853 and died in New York in 1921. He studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art but was largely self-taught. He was an Associate (1885, ANA) and a full Academician (NA, 1887) of the National Academy of Design, no small fete for an artist without much formal training. He was also a member of the Society of American Artists; American Water Color Society; the Salmagundi Club; Rochester Art Club; the Lotos Club and the Brooklyn Art Club and lived his professional life in Chicago, IL (1868-1871) and New York City and Arkville, NY.

Murphy exhibited extensively throughout the United States and won numerous awards including a prize (1885) and a gold medal (1910) at the National Academy of Design; Society of American Artists (1887 and 1902); a gold medal at the Art Club of Philadelphia (1899); Pan-Pacific Exposition (1901 medal); Charleston Exposition (1902, gold medal); St. Louis Exposition (1904, medal); Salmagundi Club (1911 prize) and a medal at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.