This entry taken from AskArt.com, Source: William Gerdts, "American Impressionism" and Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art": A landscape and genre painter, Arthur Sparks became head of the new Department of Painting and Illustration at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and earned a reputation according to William Gerdts as "probably Pittsburgh's leading Impressionist artist." He also traveled in the West, and one of his surviving paintings from that period, a Grand Canyon landscape, is titled "Grand View, Ariz Canyon." He was born in Washington D.C., and studied with Howard Helmick and in France for ten years at the Julian Academy and the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He was much impressed with the painting of Claude Monet and painted colorful scenes of relaxed figures in dappled, suffused light. For the Chicago Exposition of 1893, Sparks wsa the designer of the United States Pavilion. He died in Philadelphia in 1919.