Biography of Edward Darley Boit (1840-1915)

American landscape painter, born in 1840 and died in 1915. Throughout his artistic career immortalized the landscapes of the places through which they traveled. His pictorial production is composed of urban, rural, sea and countryside, landscapes almost always made in oil and watercolor.

A street in Arezzo (watercolor, 1911). Museum of fine arts (Boston).

With a late vocation as a painter before devoting himself to art he/she studied in the school of Boston and the Latin school; He/She was also member of the promotion of the 1863 of Harvard, and three years later formed part of the College of Massachusetts. In 1868 the inspiration came through an exhibition in the galleries of Boston Soule and Ward, in which were the landscapes of Corot, a painter from the French school of Barbizon, whose paintings provoked as much impression on Boit who, in 1871, decided to emigrate with his family to Europe.

Arriving in Europe he/she settled in Rome, where he/she studied with Frederick Crowninshield; However, did not feel completely in the cradle of art, so the Boit family went to live in Paris. There he/she studied with François-Louis Français, studies that gave its first fruit in 1876, when the rocks, beach and ocean work was accepted to be exhibited at the Paris Salon. Despite these successes, the painter did not lose contact with their homeland, so that for the next eighteen years was halfway between Boston and Paris.

Although Boit had suffered a severe blow with the death of his wife in 1894, three years later he/she moved to Brooklyn (Massachusetts) to marry for a second. After spending a few years in the United States, he/she returned to Europe, where he/she lived between Paris and Rome, spending summers in Cenitorio (Florence).

His technique for performing their work was, according to him, work in the whole composition at a time and later, as made the structure, add color to achieve the desired atmospheric effect. With his technique of small touches of bright color, the author got to give the feeling of an almost abstract composition in his paintings.

Plaza de la Ópera (watercolor, 1883). Museum of fine arts (Boston).

Piccadilly, London (watercolor, 1911). Museum of fine arts (Boston).

Channel of san Bernabé (watercolor, 1911). Museum of fine arts (Boston).