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Ernest Clifford Peixotto, 1869-1940

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1869
Place of Birth: San Francisco
Date of Death: 1940
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Identity:

Ernest Clifford Peixotto was a genre painter, illustrator and muralist.

Life:

Peixotto studied at the San Francisco School of Design and later in Paris at the Académie Julian. From 1897 to 1899 he lived in New York and worked for Scribner's and Harper's magazines. Soon afterwards he returned to France and settled near Fontainebleau but continued to travel extensively around Europe and the Americas. He supported himself through travel books and articles which he illustrated himself (such as By Italian Seas; 1906) although he also carried out many commissions such as the line drawings for Edith Wharton's Italian Backgrounds (1905). During the First World War he was an official war artist for the US military. Alongside this he became known as a muralist, and at the end of the war became Director of the Department of Mural Painting at the Beaux Art Institute of New York.

Bibliography:

Who Was Who in American Art, Falk, Peter Hastings (ed.), Madison, Connecticut, 1985. p. 477.