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Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (American 1847-1906)

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Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (American 1847-1906)

Young Woman in Blue

Oil-on-panel, monogrammed lower right and inscribed on the reverse “Sarah P.B. Dodson, Paris 1884”

Painting Size: 8.75” x 6.25”
Frame Size: 12.75 ” x 10.5”

Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Christian Schussele. In 1873 she moved to Paris where she studied with Luminals, Lefebvre and Boutet de Monvel. Although she painted in the U.S., she mainly lived and painted in France and England. Dodson gained great recognition as one of the leading American women artists in Paris of the 1880’s. As with most artists of the 19th century, she also traveled to Italy where she became inspired by the Renaissance masters. In 1891 she moved to Brighton, England, where she had previously spent her summers. She lived there until her death in 1906.

Dodson exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon (1877 on), as well as at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1883 & 1905), the National Academy of Design (1880’s & 1890’s), the 1889 Paris Exposition, the Columbian Expo of 1893 (Chicago), Manchester City Art Gallery, the Glasgow Institute of Fine Art and others. Her work is held in the National Museum of American Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Brighton Museum, England.

Falk, Peter, ed. "Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975"
Petteys, Chris. "Dictionary of Women Artists"