Francis Coates Jones

USA / 1857 - 1932 / wikipedia
Francis Coates Jones (1857–1932); American painter from a wealthy Baltimore family who studied in Europe under painters such as Bouguereau. He is known for his paintings of women at ease in richly decorated interiors or in flower-filled gardens.

He was born in 1857 in Baltimore, Maryland, into a wealthy family. He attended a Quaker school in Baltimore until he was 14. His elder brother was the landscape painter Hugh Bolton Jones (1848–1927).

In 1876 the Jones brothers visited Europe, where Francis became interested in becoming an artist. In London the two brothers stayed with Edwin Austin Abbey. Jones then spent nearly a year in Pont-Aven, Brittany, where there was a colony of American artists. He made friends there with Thomas Hovenden. In the fall of 1877 Jones moved to Paris. He taught himself drawing, then was admitted to the antique class of Henri Lehmann at the École des Beaux-Arts.

In 1878 the two brothers traveled to Spain and Morocco. They met their parents and sister, and made a tour of Europe. Jones returned to Paris and enrolled in the Académie Julian. There he studied under William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Jules Joseph Lefebvre....

In his early work Jones depicted genre scenes in richly decorated interiors. His technique was precise, academic and detailed. He was always interested in costumes and decorations. He became attracted to themes of classical antiquity, and started to paint subjects in classical costumes surrounded by decorative objects from that era. His later work showed the influence of impressionism. These more loosely executed works after 1910 often showed women at ease in outdoor as well as indoor settings.

...Around 1907 Jones, his brother and their invalid sister Louise moved into an expensively furnished studio and home at 33 West 67th Street in Manhattan. In 1929 Jones experienced a stroke that left him acutely paralyzed. He died in 1932. ..."
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