Artists & Designers

Ernest Haskell (1876-1925)

Best known for his illustrations, posters, and etchings, Ernest Haskell was born in Woodstock, CT, in 1876. By age 19 he was living in New York City and producing posters and magazine covers for Scribner’s and The New York Sunday Journal. In 1897 Haskell studied at Académie Julian in Paris, but preferred to study Old Masters at the Louvre. While there he met James McNeill Whistler, who inspired Haskell to take up etching. Upon his return to New York, Haskell’s portraits of celebrities and members of New York society were in high demand. Though he traveled abroad to study Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, Haskell described the Old Masters and contemporary etchers as his great influences. After a 1914 trip to Florida and a 1915 visit to California, Haskell decided natural subjects held the greatest aesthetic potential, and he began his virtuosic series of “tree portraits.” Haskell exhibited often in the 1910s and early 1920s in New York City, commuting frequently from his home in Maine. It was on one such drive that Haskell died in a fatal car crash.

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