Alexander Helwig Wyant (1836 - 1892)
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Born in Port Washington, Ohio, and later raised in Defiance, Ohio, Alexander Helwig Wyant was an American landscape painter who painted in the style of George Inness. Before studying in New York in 1860, Wyant spent his teen years as a sign painter in Port Washington. His first exhibition was at the National Academy of Design in 1864, where he was elected an associate and academician. He was also a member of the Century Association. While Wyant's early paintings were influenced by the Hudson River School tradition, his later works were representative of tonalism with an increasing emphasis on an earth toned color palette. After his stroke in 1873, which led to paralysis of his right arm, Wyant taught himself how to paint with his left hand. His work can be found in the National Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, and others.