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John Francis Murphy
Hudson River School Painter
American, (04/11/1853–01/30/1921)
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Known for his landscape paintings, John Francis Murphy was born on December 11, 1853 in Oswego, New York. Completely self-taught, he kept his studio for many years in New York City. Murphy's work was first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1876, where he was inducted eleven years later.

He won numerous prizes, medals and honors for his landscape paintings, which are said to rank with those of George Inness, Alexander Wyant, and Homer Martin. Although his world was a limited one, his landscapes captured the forms of nature and the subtle nuances of the scene.

A leading tonalist of the American Barbizon School, John Francis Murphy painted landscapes similar to those of George Inness. He was born in 1853, and was largely self-taught. He first exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1876. He went on to earn several prizes for his paintings including a Gold Medal in 1910 from the National Academy of Design, two awards from the society of American Artists in 1887 and 1902; and Medals from the Pan-American Exposition in 1904. Murphy was made a full member of the National Academy in 1887. He participated in a number of other artistic societies including the Rochester and Brooklyn Art Clubs, and the American Watercolor Society. His work can be viewed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. John Francis Murphy died in 1921.

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