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Kenyon Cox

William A. Coffin Born: Allegheny, Pennsylvania 1855 Died: New York, New York 1925 oil on canvas Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Allyn Cox 1983.31.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8A


Luce Center Quote

“[Cox] maintains that [Art’s] ultimate supremacy is inevitable . . . the day when it shall be acknowledged as second to none is his only thought.” William Coffin, 1891, quoted in Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994

Luce Center Label

American artist Kenyon Cox (1856-1919) was a portrait painter, illustrator, and writer, best known for the murals he created for public buildings such as the Library of Congress. He was also close friends with William Coffin, and in the summer of 1885, Cox stayed at the artist’s family farm in western Pennsylvania. Coffin made this portrait of his guest smoking a pipe in the carpentry shop. A painter’s palette behind Cox’s head symbolizes their professional kinship. (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994)

Keywords

Architecture Interior - studio - Cox

Occupation - art - painter

Portrait male - Cox, Kenyon - full length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About William A. Coffin

Born: Allegheny, Pennsylvania 1855 Died: New York, New York 1925

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