George Hitchcock (1850-1913) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1850, George Hitchcock attended Brown University and then Harvard Law School. He became disenchanted with the practice of law, however, and at age 29 left for Paris to study at the Académie Julian. One of a generation of American expatriate painters, Hitchcock travelled extensively throughout Europe, studying in London, The Hague, and Munich. He finally settled permanently in Holland during the 1880s.
Hitchcock had a fairly successful career as an artist, exhibiting extensively in Europe and in major U.S. venues, such as the Pennsylvania Academy and the National Academy of Design. He was elected an Associate of the National Academy in 1909. He became well known for his treatment of light and shadow, often endowing his subjects with auras of light. Hitchcock frequently veiled biblical subjects in ordinary landscape representations containing common folk, and, by thus “enlisting the participation of the audience, the artist created a work that heightrens the suggestion of spiritual content”.
In the U.S., Hitchcock’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Telfair Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. /© Copyright Oxford Gallery
George Hitchcock (pittore Americano, 1850-1913) si laureò all’ Università di Manitoba, e alla Harvard Law School nel 1874. Poi si trasferì a Parigi e divenne allievo di Gustave Boulanger e Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Al celebre Salon di Parigi del 1885 si fece notare con il suo “Tulipano crescente”, di un giardino olandese. A lungo dipinse nel Paesi Bassi. Per anni ebbe uno studio a Egmond aan Zee, in Olanda.