Oil painting -> List of Painters -> Willard Leroy Metcalf

Early Days:
        Born into a working-class family, Metcalf began painting in 1874. In 1876 he opened a studio in Boston, and received a scholarship at the Boston Museum School, where he studied until 1878. In 1882 he held an exhibition at the J. Eastman Chase Gallery in Boston, the sales from which financed a study trip abroad.

Willard Leroy Metcalf


Personal Details


Willard Leroy Metcalf

Place of birth

Lowell, Massachusetts

Date of Birth

July 1, 1858

Date of Death

March 9, 1925 (aged 66)






School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Academie Julian, Paris


Corcoran Gallery of Art, Florence Griswold Museum


May Night, 1906, oil on canvas


Metcalf left for Europe in September 1883, and did not return to the United States until late 1888. During that time he traveled and painted, studying first in Paris with Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, subsequently going to England and Pont-Aven, Brittany. In the winter of 1884 he apparently met John Twachtman in Paris, and painted at Grez-sur-Loing alongside other American artists, including Theodore Robinson. His landscapes at this time were traditional renditions of peasant scenes, in the manner of Jean Millet. By 1886 Metcalf was painting in Giverny, evidently the first American painter to visit there.

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