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John Henry Twachtman
(Cincinnati, Ohio, 1853 - 1902, Gloucester, Massachusetts)
Born 1853, Cincinnati; active 1875–77, Europe; 1879–80, New York and eastern United States; 1881–85, Europe; 1885, eastern United States and Canada; 1886–1902, Greenwich, CT, and New York (with frequent trips across United States and with summers 1900–02 in Gloucester, MA); died 1902, Gloucester
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio to immigrant parents who had left Germany after the 1848 uprising. At the age of 14, he went to work in a factory where his father was employed painting popular designs of fruits, flowers and landscapes on window shades. In 1875, Frank Duvenceck noticed the young Twachtman's talents and invited him on a journey to Europe. There he received formal training in Munich and, some years later, in Paris.
With his bold and dynamic brushstrokes and loosely defined forms, John Twachtman was one of the first Americans to embrace the style of impressionism.