Arthur B. Carles, French Village Church, ca. 1921. Oil on canvas, 25⅝ x 28⅝ inches. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania [Retrieved from Questroyal Fine Arts].

Arthur B. Carles, a Philadelphia native, was a pioneer of modern American art. Carles began his training in 1900 when he received a scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was later awarded a scholarship that financed his studies for two years in Europe where he remained from 1907–1910; it was there that he encountered the influential work of German Expressionists and French Impressionists. Upon his return to the US, Carles associated with Modernists in the circle of Alfred Stieglitz, who gave the artist his first one-man show in 1912. Carles was invited to participate in the Armory Show the very next year, placing him among the forerunners of Modernism. The artist went on to become a celebrated teacher at his alma mater (PAFA) and a key figure in American Modernism. His works may be found at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Phillips Collection, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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