Arthur Parton (1842 - 1914)
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Arthur Parton was born in Hudson, New York, and later moved to Philadelphia where he studied with William Trost Richards. He later moved on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1872, his painting of the Shenandoah River gave him instant fame when it was published in Bryant's PIcturesque America. Parton became a leading member of the American Water Color Society and the Artist's Fund Society and held membership with the National Academy of Design (1871). Parton won awards at NAD, the Corcoran Gallery, Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, and Brooklyn Art Association, amongst others. Being equally well-liked and well-known as an artist, Parton was best known for his paintings of the Catskill and Adirondack mountains. His painting style shifted from an academic Hudson River School style to Impressionism.