Portrait of John White Alexander

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1856-1915

American Symbolist Painter

John White Alexander (7 October 1856 - 31 May 1915) was an American portrait, figure, and decorative painter and illustrator.

Alexander was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, now a part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orphaned in infancy, he was reared by his grandparents and at the age of 12 became a telegraph boy in Pittsburgh. His talent at drawing attracted the attention of one of his employers, who assisted him to develop them. He moved to New York at the age of eighteen and worked in an office at Harper's Weekly, where he was an illustrator and political cartoonist at the same time that Abbey, Pennell, Pyle, and other celebrated illustrators labored there. After an apprenticeship of three years, he travelled to Munich for his first formal training. Owing to the lack of funds, he removed to the village of Polling, Bavaria, and worked with Frank Duveneck. They travelled to Venice, where he profited by the advice of Whistler, and then he continued his studies in Florence, the Netherlands, and Paris.

In 1881 he returned to New York and speedily achieved great success in portraiture, numbering among his sitters Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Burroughs, Walt Whitman, Henry G. Marquand, R. A. L. Stevenson, and president McCosh of Princeton University. His first exhibition in the Paris Salon of 1893 was a brilliant success and was followed by his immediate election to the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts. Many additional honors were bestowed on him. In 1901 he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, and in 1902 he became a member of the National Academy of Design. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and President of the National Society of Mural Painters. Among the gold medals received by him were those of the Paris Exposition (1900) and the World's Fair at St. Louis (1904).

Many examples of his paintings are on display in museums and public places in the United States and in Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Butler Institute, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In addition, in the entrance hall to the Art Museum of the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, a series of Alexander's murals entitled "Apotheosis of Pittsburgh" (1905-1907) covers the walls of the three-storey atrium area.

Alexander was married to Elizabeth Alexander Alexander, to whom he was introduced in part because of their shared last name. Elizabeth was the daughter of James Waddell Alexander, President of the Equitable Life Assurance Society at the time of the Hyde Ball scandal. The Alexanders had one child, the mathematician James Waddell Alexander II.

Alexander's original and highly individual art is based upon a very personal interpretation of humanity. He died in New York.

34 John White Alexander Paintings

In the Cafe, 1898 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

In the Cafe 1898

Oil Painting
$576
SKU: AJW-8766
John White Alexander
Original Size: 100.3 x 55.2 cm
Private Collection

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, 1897 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Isabella and the Pot of Basil 1897

Oil Painting
$590
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: AJW-8767
John White Alexander
Original Size: 192 x 91.7 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

Repose, 1895 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Repose 1895

Oil Painting
$556
Canvas Print
$59.85
SKU: AJW-8768
John White Alexander
Original Size: 132.7 x 161.6 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Memories, 1903 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Memories 1903

Oil Painting
$659
Canvas Print
$52.64
SKU: AJW-8769
John White Alexander
Original Size: 158 x 132 cm
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA

Repose, 1895 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Repose 1895

Oil Painting
$310
SKU: AJW-8770
John White Alexander
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Panel for Music Room, 1894 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Panel for Music Room 1894

Oil Painting
$665
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: AJW-8771
John White Alexander
Original Size: 94 x 197.5 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA

Portrait Study in Pink (The Pink Gown), 1896 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Portrait Study in Pink (The Pink Gown) 1896

Oil Painting
$595
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: AJW-8772
John White Alexander
Original Size: 190 x 90 cm
Private Collection

Miss Helen Manice, 1895 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Miss Helen Manice 1895

Oil Painting
$720
Canvas Print
$60.25
SKU: AJW-8773
John White Alexander
Original Size: 161.5 x 132.2 cm
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA

White and Pink Roses, c.1886 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

White and Pink Roses c.1886

Oil Painting
$456
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: AJW-8774
John White Alexander
Original Size: 25.1 x 30.5 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, USA

Walt Whitman, 1889 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Walt Whitman 1889

Oil Painting
$616
SKU: AJW-8775
John White Alexander
Original Size: 127 x 101.6 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Geraldine Russell, c.1902/03 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Geraldine Russell c.1902/03

Oil Painting
$590
SKU: AJW-8776
John White Alexander
Original Size: 153 x 91.1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Study in Black and Green, c.1906 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Study in Black and Green c.1906

Oil Painting
$501
SKU: AJW-8777
John White Alexander
Original Size: 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Gossip, 1912 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

The Gossip 1912

Oil Painting
$594
Canvas Print
$61.86
SKU: AJW-8778
John White Alexander
Original Size: 160.8 x 137.2 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

June, c.1911 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

June c.1911

Oil Painting
$689
Canvas Print
$54.49
SKU: AJW-8779
John White Alexander
Original Size: 124.3 x 91.6 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, USA

Landscape, Cornish, 1890 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Landscape, Cornish 1890

Oil Painting
$518
Canvas Print
$49.00
SKU: AJW-8780
John White Alexander
Original Size: 77.2 x 114.2 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, USA

Portrait of Mrs. John White Alexander, 1902 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs. John White Alexander 1902

Oil Painting
$705
Canvas Print
$61.58
SKU: AJW-8781
John White Alexander
Original Size: 158.2 x 132.4 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA

A Meadow Flower, 1912 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

A Meadow Flower 1912

Oil Painting
$616
SKU: AJW-8782
John White Alexander
Original Size: 128.3 x 102.8 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Mrs. V (Mrs. Herman Duryea), c.1900 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Mrs. V (Mrs. Herman Duryea) c.1900

Oil Painting
$658
SKU: AJW-8783
John White Alexander
Original Size: 157.5 x 132.1 cm
Private Collection

Black and Red, 1896 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Black and Red 1896

Oil Painting
$588
SKU: AJW-8784
John White Alexander
Original Size: 120.6 x 90.2 cm
Private Collection

Althea, 1895 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Althea 1895

Oil Painting
$580
SKU: AJW-8785
John White Alexander
Original Size: 161.3 x 133.3 cm
Private Collection

Fancy Dress, c.1894/95 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

Fancy Dress c.1894/95

Oil Painting
$556
SKU: AJW-8786
John White Alexander
Original Size: 100.3 x 54.6 cm
Private Collection

The Green Dress, c.1890/99 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

The Green Dress c.1890/99

Oil Painting
$567
SKU: AJW-8787
John White Alexander
Original Size: 99 x 53.3 cm
Private Collection

A King's Daughter, 1889 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

A King's Daughter 1889

Oil Painting
$556
SKU: AJW-8788
John White Alexander
Original Size: 81.3 x 43.2 cm
Private Collection

An Idle Moment, c.1885 by John White Alexander | Painting Reproduction

An Idle Moment c.1885

Oil Painting
$566
SKU: AJW-8789
John White Alexander
Original Size: 66 x 86.3 cm
Private Collection

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