Philip Leslie Hale (1865 - 1931)
Study for Lady in Black, c. 1905
Pencil on paper
6 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches (sight)
Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc., New York, New York
Boston school painter Philip Leslie Hale painted in an impressionist manner with realist elements. Born into a prominent Boston family, Hale studied at the Museum School, as well as at the Art Students League in New York City with Julian Alden Weir. Hale furthered his education in Paris at the Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux Arts where emphasis was on academic studies and a firm understanding of the figure.
Hale spent summers in Giverny, France in the 1890s, travelling with his friend Theodore Butler, who was Claude Monet�s son in law. These summer sojourns influenced Hale profoundly, especially in terms of his palette, brushwork and subject.
Hale exhibited widely throughout his career at the Art Club in Boston, the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia and the National Academy of Design, amongst many venues. He was also a highly respected teacher, and taught a range of classes, including drawing from the antique, life drawing and studio classes at the Museum School in Boston and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.