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Artist Biography

 Birge Harrison was born in Philadelphia, and began his artistic studies at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1876 he met John Singer Sargent who encouraged Harrison to study in Paris under his own master Carlos-Duran and was enrolled in his atelier in August 1877. The following year Harrison was accepted into the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1882, Harrison received official recognition with the sale of his painting to the French government. During this time he spent his summers working in Brittany, Giverny, and Normandy. During the early 1880s he also traveled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, the South Pacific, and the western region of the United States.

In 1897, Harrison returned to the United States. In 1905 he conducted a summer school of painting for the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York, and was later credited as being one of the founding members of that art colony. He was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1902, and was elected Academician in 1910.

Harrison’s works were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the National Academy of Design, the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, New York; the American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York; Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York; and the Dallas Art Association, Texas. His artwork is housed in prestigious public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Detroit Institute, Butler Art Institute, Woodstock Art Association, and the Musée Luxembourg, Paris.