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Miller, Richard E.

Sometimes erroneously referred to as "Richard Emil Miller," Richard Edward Miller was an important American Impressionist painter. Born in St. Louis, he studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts before and subsequently at the Academie Julian in Paris. He exhibited at the Paris Salons of 1900 and 1904, winning prizes at each. He spent summers in the French art colony at Giverny, where he conducted classes for students from the Candace Wheeler School of Providence, Rhode Island. Miller's colleagues in Giverny included Frederick Frieseke, Louis Ritman, Guy Rose, Edward Greacen, and Lawton Parker. Miller and Frieseke often used the same model and props; their work was featured at the 1909 Venice Biennale. In 1910, Miller, Rose, Freiseke, and Parker exhibited together at Madison Gallery in New York as the Giverny Group. At the outset of World War I Miller returned to America. He settled in Pasadena, California in 1916 and taught at the Stickney Memorial School of Art,  where he was a major force in disseminating the principles of Impressionism among artists in Southern California. In 1918 he moved to Provincetown, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. From 1919 to 1923 he painted murals for the Missouri State Capitol.

Miller was a member of the National Academy, the American Art Association of Paris, the Paris Society of American Painters, and the American Society of the French Legion of Honor, of which he was made Knight in 1908. His paintings won medals in exhibitions at the National Academy, Brooklyn Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, the Liege Exposition of 1905, the Pan-Pacific Exposition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery, and others. His work is in the collections of the King of Italy, the Galleries of Art in Rome and Venice, the Luxembourg Gallery and the Petit Palais in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, the Royal Museum in Oslo, Norway, and in over two dozen American museums including the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Title: Captain Snow
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 40" x 40ΒΌ"