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Artist Biography

Brooklyn-born painter/illustrator Corwin Linson spent most of his life in the New York area; living and working in Atlantic Heights, New Jersey, on the Raritan Bay. He shared astudio with Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, whom he accompanied and collaborated on investigative missions to expose the conditions of the working class, including Pennsylvania coal miners, and residents of Manhattan’s Bowery. Linson made numerous illustrations for magazines such as McClure’s and The Century, and his subjects ranged from social commentary, to travel images, to biblical subjects. In additionto his practical experience as an illustrator, he received his formal training in Paris, at the Academie Julien and the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Many of the top institutions exhibited Linson’s work, including the Paris Salon in 1890; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1892-93, 1904, 1925; the Art Institute of Chicago and National Academy of Design, 1892-95; and the Corcoran Gallery Biennial, 1923. Examples of his work can be found in the collections of Williams College, Williamstown,MA; the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA, among others.