John White Alexander

(1856-1915)

John White Alexander rose from an impoverished childhood in Pittsburgh to become one of the leading lights of fin-de-siecle American painting. His elegant figures of women incorporate both the sensuous linearity of Art Nouveau and the muted palette of Whistler; his friendships in Paris in the 1890s also put him in direct contact with the French Symbolist writers and their elusive, dreamlike imagery.