Theodore Earl Butler

(1861-1936)

Theodore Earl Butler was an expatriate, Post Impressionist painter born in 1861. He studied at the Art Students League under William Merritt Chase from 1884-86. He also traveled to Paris to study at Academie Julian the year in 1887. Most of Butler's life was spent in Giverny, France. In 1892, Butler married Monet's stepdaughter Suzanne. She died, however, in 1899 and Butler chose to marry her sister Marthe a year later. Butler was one of the founders of the Society of Independent Artists and served on the board of directors from 1918-21. He exhibited his work frequently at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, starting in 1890 until 1917. His work can now be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Butler died in France in 1936.