Chester C. Hayes

  • Chester C. Hayes
  • Picardy
  • Oil on board
  • 7 1/4 x 9 inches
  • Signed lower left

Chester Hayes was born in 1867 in Canandaigua, New York. His father, Joseph, was a local physician. Hayes received his first art instruction in Rochester, New York. After graduating from Williams College in 1889, Hayes moved to Paris in order to advance his artistic training at the Académie Julian. He remained in Paris from 1890 until 1900, studying under distinguished masters, such as Benjamin Jean-Joseph Constant (1845-1902) and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911), and exhibiting in various European galleries. In 1900, he moved to Trépied, Cucq in northern France, and kept a studio in Brittany. The atmosphere of northern France inspired many of his subjects, where he captured the effect of sunlight on the landscape.In addition to landscapes, Hayes was also known for his figurative and genre scenes. A critic once noted, “There is no hint of ultra-modernismin Mr. Hayes’s paintings but he is a painter, not a transcriber of mere scenes and people through the medium of paint, it is said.” [1]

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