Lilian Westcott Hale: Black Eyed Susans

Charcoal Portraiture “Without Rival” A gifted draftsman, Lilian Westcott Hale was widely admired for her charcoal style, characterized by the use of fine, vertical strokes. Hale was a consummate portraitist, particularly in the medium of charcoal, with a contemporary critic writing, “in her drawing it is safe to say that she is without a rival…Mrs. Hale’s…

Philip Leslie Hale: The Rose Tree Girl (1922)

Why Do I Love This Painting? Given our dark, cold winter in captivity, I want to encourage us all to emerge with a remembrance of spring. The Rose Tree Girl evokes the feeling of warm sunshine, buzzing bees, and glorious gardens, so like a caterpillar in spring, let us also emerge with  hope that cold,…

Lilian Westcott Hale: The Convalescent (1906)

Echoes of Japanese Prints – and Monet “With Butterfly’s Wings” Carney Gallery at Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston, Massachusetts, hosted an exhibition of Lilian Westcott Hale’s works in 1999. The exhibition’s title echoes a quote from successful artist William McGregor Paxton, who said that Lilian Westcott Hale drew “with butterfly’s wings.” . Like…

Lillian Westcott Hale: ‘Floretta’, or ‘Portrait of Agnes Doggett’

‘Floretta’, or ‘Portrait of Agnes Doggett’ A member of the Boston School of Impressionists, Hale focused on capturing the diffusion of natural light in domestic interior scenes and portraits of women in elaborate dress. Here the sitter is Agnes Doggett, a neighbor who frequently posed as a model for Hale—at twenty-five cents an hour, to…

Lilian Westcott Hale: American Impressionist

Who is Lilian Westcott Hale? Lilian Westcott Hale, daughter of a businessman and piano teacher, is remembered as one of America’s most successful Impressionist painters of the Boston School. She was born in 1881 in Hartford, Connecticut, and began her art education in 1900 at the School of Fine Arts in Boston. An important member…