William Lamb Picknell
1853: Born in Hinesburg, Vermont. Orphaned at 14 and then raised by relatives in Boston; 1872-74: Traveled to Italy, where George Inness agreed to accept him as a student; 1874: Moved to France. Enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he studied Jean-Leon Gerome. That summer he traveled to Pont Aven, where he studied with Robert Wylie and learned en plein air (out of doors); 1876: Exhibited at Paris Salon for the first time; 1880: His painting The Road to Concorneau received honorable mention at the Paris Salon. The first time an American landscape painter was awarded the honor; 1882: Returned to Massachusetts. Opened a small studio in Boston; 1883-91: Painted in Annisquam on Cape Ann, creating some of his best landscape paintings; 1893: Returned to France and rented a house outside Antibes; 1897: His son died. Six months later, the artist died. Two retrospective exhibitions were held at the St. Louis Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.