John Leslie Breck (1860 – 1899)
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As the son of a naval officer, John Leslie Breck was born at sea, but grew up in Massachusetts. At a young age, Breck displayed artistic talent and at the age of eighteen, he traveled abroad to Europe where he studied art at the Academie Julian. Breck developed a painting style that eventually led him to adopt an impressionistic approach by using vibrant colors in the atmosphere of his landscapes. His style earned him the title of “the father of American Impressionism.” Breck later left Europe and moved back to Boston where he introduced impressionism to the American art world. He held his first solo exhibition in 1890 at the St. Botolph Club where he then was initiated as a member. Breck later traveled to Venice, Italy where he developed new painting styles while painting several moonlight scenes. Breck’s work can be seen at various galleries, museums, and private collections.