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Artist Biography

Hugh Bolton Jones studied in his native city of Baltimore at the Maryland Institute, and shared a studio with artist Thomas Hovenden whom he later followed to Paris in 1876. Jones headed to the Northwest corner of France where he became a member of the artist colony at Pont-Aven in Brittany. In 1877 he traveled in Spain and North Africa, but for most of his career found all his inspiration in the United States- its picturesque fields and forests of New Jersey, or along the coast of Massachusetts. In the 1880s he settled permanently in New York and was elected Academician to the National Academy of Design in 1883. Like many landscape painters, he kept a studio in the city, but spent the majority of the year sketching in the countryside. During the late seventies, Jones' style was greatly influenced by the Ruskinian idea of being true to nature, marked by his heavy impasto. Later in life, Jones often painted outdoors, together with thirty or so Pont-Aven veterans who flocked to Anisquam, Massachusetts.

Jones exhibited regularly at the National Academy of Design 1867-1927, the Paris Salon 1877-81, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. His works can be found in many leading collections around the world, including: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA; Brooklyn Museum, NY; and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.