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Jervis McEntee
Hudson River School Painter
American, (07/14/1828–01/27/1891)
McEntee was born in Rondout, NY, on July 14, 1828. He studied painting under Church and opened a studio in NYC in 1858. In 1859, he accompanied Gifford to Europe. McEntee was elected an Academician of the National Academy in 1861. He died at age 63 in Rondout on January 27, 1891.
This biography was submitted by The Caldwell Gallery - I
Jervis McEntee studied art under Frederick Church in New York City from 1850-51 and was a member of the Hudson River School. In 1858 he opened his own studio in NYC.

His works are typically small and detailed and would occasionally include passages of poetry when exhibited. His landscapes of rural New York, particularly the Catskill Mountains, were painted in colors of autumn and winter with a melancholy mood. However, his style did change a little to include some Impressionistic techniques.

McEntee was elected an associate member of the National Academy in 1860 and became a full member the following year. He died in 1891.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jervis McEntee was a landscape painter, born in 1828 in the Hudson River Valley in Rondout, New York. Nostalgia may well have been McEntees middle name. At a time when the Civil War and its after effects caused great disruption in America, McEntees work may have provided a visual escape for the more educated. His works are rich with the colors of autumn and winter, preferring smaller views rather than panoramas. Usually detailed and simple, his works often reflect a sense of loneliness.

As a youngster, McEntee would play in his parents attic, pretending it was an art studio. An unsuccessful attempt at business led McEntee back into the art profession where he studied in New York City under the influence of Frederic E. Church, master of the Hudson River Style, and soon had a showing of his own in the famous Studio Building by 1855.

In about 1858, Mr. and Mrs. McEntee hired English architect Calvert Vaux to build a studio next to McEntees fathers house in Rondout. There Jervis would spend most of his summers, painting the nearby Catskill Mountains, and returning to the city during the winter. At the outbreak of the Civil War, McEntee enlisted in the Union Army.

Sanford Robinson Gifford and Worthington Whittredge were among his friends. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, at the Paris Exposition of 1867, and at the Boston Art Club during the period 1873 to 1891. He was elected an associate member of the National Academy in 1860.

McEntees work has been preserved at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Peabody Institute.

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