Edward B. Gay, NA


A prolific painter of landscapes, Edward Gay immigrated to Albany, NY with his parents in the wake of the Irish Potato Famine in 1848. Encouraged by the Hart brothers, James and William, and George Boughton–all successful local painters, he began to study with them.

After study in Germany, Gay ultimately settled with his family in Mount Vernon, New York, where he painted the area’s bucolic farmland, pastures, and orchards for most of the rest of his life.

Stylistically, Gay was first influenced by the Hudson River School. However, during a trip to Europe he encountered the work of John Constable of the Barbizon School and began to focus more on mood and light.

Gay was a member of the National Academy. He exhibited at the PAFA, the Chicago Institute of Art, NAD, the Corcoran, and the Pan-American Exhibition, among others, and won numerous prizes. His work is held at the Met, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Chicago Institute of Art, and the Smithsonian, among others.

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