Poetry in Design: The Art of Harry Leith-Ross
Erika Jaeger-SmithISBN: 0812219791;
The early career endeavors of Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973) took him on a very circuitous path. He studied engineering, worked for his uncle's coal-mining business, and pursued an advertising and commercial art career with a printing and engraving company. In 1909, he traveled to Paris to study painting, which would become his life's work. After study in Europe, Leith-Ross moved to New York and began to exhibit his paintings at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work from this period demonstrates bold broken brushwork and thick rich impasto. It was during this time that he met John Folinsbee, a noted painter of the Pennsylvania Impressionist school. Leith-Ross moved to Pennsylvania in 1935, where he quickly became an integral member of the New Hope arts community, settling with his wife in Solebury. Throughout his career he encouraged his students not to fear painting from memory. He also cautioned them to focus their...
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