Lillian Genth

(1876-1953)

Lillian Genth was born in 1876. She studied at the Philidelphia School of Design for Women and won the Elkins Scholarship in 1900 and traveled to Paris. Genth studied under Whistler for one year. He focus was on female nudes in pastoral settings. After painting 150 of these scenes and gaining significant recogntion, Genth declared that she would never paint another nude. From then on Genth painted only portraits of people in Brittney, Venice and North Africa. Genth's great success is attributed to her style of painting; in an academic manner but added subtle, exotic details. She was elected Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in 1908. Her work can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, and the National Gallery of Art in Washinton D.C. Genth died in 1953.