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Joseph DeCamp | Impressionist painter

Joseph Rodefer DeCamp (1858-1923) was a founding member of the Ten American Painters, a group of primarily Boston-based Impressionists who sought to exhibit their works in intimate, aesthetically agreeable settings with like-minded artists.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio where he studied with Frank Duveneck.

In the second half of the 1870s he went with Duveneck and fellow students to the Royal Academy of Munich.
He then spent time in Florence, Italy, returning to Boston in 1883.
DeCamp became known as a member of the Boston School led by Edmund Charles Tarbell and Emil Otto Grundmann, focusing on figure painting, and in the 1890s adopting the style of Tonalism.

In 1902, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.
From 1903 until his death in 1923 he was a faculty member at Massachusetts Normal Art School, now Massachusetts College of Art and Design, teaching painting from the living model and portraiture.
A 1904 fire in his Boston studio destroyed several hundred of his early paintings, including nearly all of his landscapes.
He died in Boca Grande, Florida.


He was awarded the 1899 Temple Gold Medal (for Woman Drying Her Hair), the 1912 Beck Gold Medal (for Portrait of Francis I. Amory), and the 1920 Lippincott Prize (for The Red Kimono) by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
He received an honorable mention at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris (for Woman Drying Her Hair).

His exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair - Reading - The Sea Wall - Portrait of Arthur P. DeCamp — was awarded a gold medal.
He was awarded the 1909 Clarke Silver Medal by the Corcoran Gallery of Art (for The Guitar Player).
He was awarded the 1915 gold medal by the Philadelphia Art Club (for The Silver Waist).

In 1902, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician. | Source: © Wikipedia

Ten American Painters (The Ten), 1908
Ten American Painters (The Ten), 1908
left to right Edward Simmons, Willard L. Metcalf, Childe Hassam, J. Alden Weir, Robert Reid Standing,

Joseph Rodefer DeCamp (Cincinnati, 5 novembre 1858 – Boca Grande, 11 febbraio 1923) è stato un pittore Impressionista statunitense.
Fu uno dei "Ten American Painters".
Studiò arti plastiche con Frank Duveneck sino al 1875 quando, assieme a quest'ultimo e ad alcuni compagni di studio, partì per l'Europa alla volta dell'Accademia reale di Monaco di Baviera.
Si trattenne poi in Italia, soggiornando in particolare a Firenze sino al 1883.

Rientrato in America si stabilì a Boston, dove divenne in seguito membro della "Boston School" che era diretta allora da Edmund Tarbell e da Otto Grundmann.
Si dedicò quasi interamente ai ritratti e, a partire dal 1890, adottò la tecnica del tonalismo.

DeCamp nel 1897 fu uno dei fondatori del gruppo di pittori americani impressionisti chiamato "Ten American Painters", od "I dieci".
Purtroppo nel 1904 un incendio nel suo studio distrusse quasi un centinaio dei suoi più recenti lavori, inclusi quasi tutti i suoi paesaggi.
Joseph DeCamp morì durante un soggiorno in Florida, a Boca Grande.