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Picknell, William Lamb

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Picknell, William Lamb

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American, 19th century, male.

Born 1854, in Hineburg (Vermont); died 1897, in Marblehead (Massachusetts).

Painter. Figures, landscapes.

Picknell's father died when the artist was 14 and he moved to Boston with his family, and started an apprenticeship there. In 1872 his uncle provided him with the means to travel to Rome, where he was a pupil of George Inness. In 1874 he went to Pont-Aven where he became a pupil of Léon Pelouse and of Robert Wylie, who influenced him greatly. At the end of 1874 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, under the direction of Jean Léon Gérôme, but eventually returned to Pont-Aven. He spent the 1880s in Massachusetts and travelling to California and England. In 1893 he returned to France, visiting Provence, Normandy and Moret-sur-Loing. He returned to America but continued to visit Normandy and the Côte d'Azur frequently....

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