Cox, Kenyon

Cox, Kenyon,

1856–1919, American painter, draftsman, and art critic, b. Warren, Ohio. He studied in Cincinnati, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and with Carolus-Duran and Gérôme in Paris. He worked in New York City, where he became an influential teacher at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. His portraits, figure pieces, and murals are academic in style. He painted murals for the Library of Congress, the state capitols of Iowa and Minnesota, and the public library of Winona, Minn. His portrait of Saint-Gaudens is in the Metropolitan Museum. Cox's writings on art include Old Masters and New (1905), The Classic Point of View (1911), and Concerning Painting (1917).


See his letters, ed. by H. W. Morgan (1986).

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Cox, Kenyon

(1856–1919) painter, art critic; born in Warren, Ohio. An academic painter, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1876), and with Gérôme in Paris (1878–82), before returning to New York City. He painted Augustus St. Gaudens, the famous sculptor, in 1908. His art criticism, such as Painters and Sculptors (1907), was widely read.
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