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Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914)

Charles Sprague Pearce, A Villiage Funeral in Brittany

Charles Sprague Pearce, American (1851-1914)
A Village Funeral in Brittany, 1891
Oil on Canvas
Gift of Charles F. Scott in memory of Alice Daudelain Scott.

Charles Sprague Pearce was born in Boston on October 13th, 1851 to Mary Anna, the daughter of a well known regional poet, and Shadrach Houghton, the owner of a successful China trade company. In 1873, Pearce decided to pursue a career as a painter and moved to Paris to enter the atelier of Leon Bonnet, a successful portraitist. Like Corot, Millet and other artists, Pearce found solace in Europe's ancient traditions and peaceful landscapes. He traveled extensively through Europe and Africa before purchasing a farm in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise in France, where he resided with his wife until his death in 1914.

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