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Earl Henry Brewster

Earl Henry Brewster was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio in 1878. He studied art at the Cleveland School of Art. At age twenty he moved to New York City where he studied at the New York School of Art under the Impressionist Frank Vincent Du Mond at the Lyme Art Colony and at the Students Art League. He lived at Washington Square and became friends with other artists and writers including the poet Vachel Lindsay. In 1904 when Lindsay observed that a woman in a magazine cover painted by Earl closely resembled an artist named Achsah Barlow, he introduced Earl to her. Earl and Achsah were married in 1910.

After their wedding, the Brewsters went to Europe and never returned to the United States except for a short visit in 1923. In 1912 Achsah gave birth to their only child, a daughter named Harwood. Until late 1935, they lived a somewhat nomadic life moving frequently from one place to another, mostly in France and Italy. They also traveled to Ceylon and India. They knew many of the well-known artists and writers of the time including D. H. Lawrence and Willa Cather, who became good friends. Shortly before Harwood was married in 1936, Achsah and Earl moved to Almora, India. Achsah died in 1945. Earl remained alone in Almora until his death in 1957.

While living in New York, Earl exhibited his paintings at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, the Boston Art Club, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and in New York City at the Society of American Artists “28th Annual Exhibition,” the National Academy of Design and the New York School of Art. During this period, one of his paintings, “The Gray Harbor,” was purchased by the artist William Merritt Chase, and another one was acquired by the Hillyer Gallery of Smith College. Later he exhibited paintings at the Galerie Cheron and the Grand Palais in Paris and at the Pincio Casino and the Secessione in Rome. In India they were shown at the Tagore Gallery in Calcutta and the Roerich Centre of Art and Culture in Allahabad. Paintings were purchased to be displayed in public buildings as well as in homes.

Earl was very much interested in philosophy and religion, especially Buddhism. Many of his paintings reflect that interest and the serenity with which he led his life. Also evident is his fascination with sunlight and shade and his ability to observe and appreciate his surroundings. Although most of his paintings are landscapes, he also painted portraits as well as abstractions.

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