Henry Salem Hubbell
Born in Paola, Kansas, Hubbell took his initial art training at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the late 1890s, he studied at the Julian Academy in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens, Louis Collin, Benjamin-Constant and James Whistler. Whistler predicted that someday "the world will know him as a colorist," and in Hubbell's portraiture, color is an outstanding characteristic. Much influenced by Whistler, Hubbell switched from genre to portraiture, and his technique is owed mainly to his mentor.
He was a friend of Frederic Frieseke, and from 1908 to 1910, became part of the American Colony of Impressionists at Giverny. Hubbell spent twelve years abroad in preparation for his career, and then returned to America where he achieved success as a portrait painter. He established a studio at Silvermine near Norwalk, Connecticut, from where he painted prominent figures and images of young women. He also headed the School of Painting at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh.
He moved to Florida in 1924 and was head of the art department at the University of Miami beginning in 1925.