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George Fuller Portrait

George Fuller Portrait

George Fuller

Born:
Deerfield, Massachusetts 1822

Died:
Brookline, Massachusetts 1884

Active in:

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • New York, New York

Photo Caption:
George Fuller, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0122207

Biography

Painter and tobacco farmer from Deerfield, Mass. He experimented with light in his landscape and portrait paintings, often imbuing them with a dreamy and mysterious atmosphere.

Joan Stahl American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (Washington, D.C. and Mineola, New York: National Museum of American Art and Dover Publications, Inc., 1995)

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George Fuller grew up on his family’s farm in Deerfield, Massachusetts. His parents did not want him to be an artist and sent him to Boston as a teenager to learn a trade. He soon returned home, however, and joined a surveying trip to Illinois, where he made many sketches of his surroundings. He traveled to New York with his half-brother, who was a deaf-mute and portrait artist. Fuller intended to take care of the business side of his brother’s work, but soon started to paint himself. He made friends with many artists in New York and worked as a portrait artist, painting “any head that came to him.” He traveled to Europe in 1860, but his father’s death forced him to return to Deerfield to support his family. He devoted himself to life on the farm and found little time to paint. Despite his best efforts, the farm finally went bankrupt in 1875.