Lockwood DeForest (1850-1932)

  • Lockwood DeForest (1850-1932)
  • Mountain River

  • Oil on artist’s card stock
  • 9 1/2 x 14 inches

Lockwood DeForest was born in New York in 1850 to a prominent family. He grew up in Greenwich Village and on Long Island at the family summer estate in Cold Spring Harbor. As was customary for a cultivated family in the Gilded Age, the DeForests made frequent trips abroad. Excursions to the great museums, which were prominent on the DeForests agenda, deepened the young Lockwood's familiarity with European painting and sculpture. Though he had begun drawing and painting somewhat earlier, it was during a visit to Rome in 1868 that nineteen-year-old de Forest first began to study art seriously, taking painting lessons from the Italian landscapist Hermann David Salomon Corrodi (1844–1905). More importantly, on the same trip, Lockwood met one of America’s most celebrated painters, (and his maternal great-uncle by marriage) Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900), who quickly became his mentor.

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Lockwood DeForest Mountain River