Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Readers by New York's genre painter Seymour Joseph Guy 1824-1910

Seymour Joseph Guy (American painter, 1824-1910) Summer Issue

English-born Seymour Joseph Guy became one of America’s most famous genre painters, celebrated for his delicate genre paintings of women & children in domestic environments. Several of his paintings revolved around reading.  Although genre painting is not popular today, it gives historians an intimate view into 19th-century America.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) An Interesting Book

In 1852, he married Anna Maria Barber (c. 1832–1907), daughter of William Barber, an engraver. The couple had 9 children who served as models for their father.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Preparing for the next day 1895

Guy immigrated to America in 1854, and immediately entered the artists’ circles in New York, as a portraitist and later, a genre painter.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Dear Polly

In 1861, he was listed as a founding member of the Brooklyn Art Association and named an associate of the National Academy the next year.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) Young Girl Reading 1877

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910) The Reading Lesson