Eulabee Dix

USA / 1878 - 1961 / wikipedia
Eulabee Dix was among the handful of talented miniaturists who spurred the turn-of-the-century revival of hand-painted miniatures. She was an independent spirit, facing the challenges of balancing a family with her career as a successful artist. She painted using jewel tones, to resemble stained glass, and often referred to her miniatures as her “jewel portraits.” Her miniature of Samuel Clemens (writer Mark Twain) is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC) named its gallery of miniatures for her.

Eulabee Dix (1878 – June 14, 1961); American artist, who favored the medium of watercolors on ivory to paint portrait miniatures. During the early 20th century, when the medium was at the height of fashion, she painted many prominent figures, including European nobility and famous actresses of the day.

...In 1899 Dix moved to New York City, where she first studied with William Merritt Chase, however she left after one week, partly due to Chase's focus on oil painting, and also because she disagreed with his philosophy of color. She went on to continue her studies at the Art Students League with George Bridgman, of whom she did approve. She also underwent tuition with William J. Whittemore, who taught her the technique of painting on ivory. Whittlemore was a founder of the recently established American Society of Miniature Painters (ASMP), where she exhibited some of her work. She also studied under Isaac A. Josephi, who was the first president of the ASMP.

...Dix received commissions from many prominent figures, including the Holywood actress Ethel Barrymore, whom she painted in Philadelphia in around 1905, fashion designer Countess Fabricotti, as well as several from Paget herself.

In 1906 Dix held her first exhibition...

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Suzan Hamer


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