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Eastman Johnson

Eastman Johnson (1824-1906), born in Lovell, Maine, was an American genre and portrait painter who came to prominence during the Civil War. He studied in Europe, working under Emanuel Leutze in Germany and later traveled to Holland and then Paris, where he studied with academic painter Thomas Couture. When he returned to America, he painted images of the 19th-century frontier. By the early 1880s, he turned away from genre painting and devoted himself to commissioned portraits. He settled in New York and co-founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work creates a link between the genre painting of the pre-Civil War years and the realism of the late nineteenth century.

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