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Artist Biography

Lilla Cabot Perry’s career began after she turned thirty-six, and had given birth to three daughters. Her first teacher was Alfred Quinton Collins, followed by Robert Vonnoh and Dennis Miller Bunker at the Cowles Art School in Boston. From 1884 until her death in 1933, she had a successful career as a painter of portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes. Perry distinguished herself as one of the first Americans to embrace Impressionism and plein air painting—she spent nine summers living at Giverny, where she developed an important friendship with Claude Monet. She studied both in Munich and in Paris, and drew from her experiences in Japan, where she lived with her husband for three years. Her last years were spent in Boston, and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she painted until her dying day.

Perry’s works are in the collections of venerable institutions such as the Boston Athenaeum Library; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and The White House in Washington, DC.