John Francis Murphy ( American, 1853 - 1921 )



John Francis Murphy ( American, 1853 - 1921 )

Autumn Field (1900)

Oil on Canvas, Signed and dated ( l.l. ) "J. Francis Murphy 1900"

16" x 22" / 22" x 28" Overall / Original Period Frame


John Francis Murphy's Paintings adorn the walls of America's most prestigious museums. Referred to as the "American Corot" because of the similarity between his style and that of Camille Corot ( French, 1796 - 1875 ), one the the leading French Barbizon Painters, John Francis Murphy is increasingly recognized today as one of the premier American Tonalist Painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. In my opinion, Murphy's work surpasses that of Corot. By comparison, Corot's work seems heavy handed, where Murphy seemed to breathe and delicately float his later applications of paint onto the canvas. This, coupled with his highly developed techniques for laying down a sort of impasto or heavily sculpted "ground" beneath the unifying surface colors, make his work extremely dynamic and highly sought after.

Museums (51 - partial list): John Francis Murphy


Ackland Art Museum

Addison Gallery of American Art

Adirondack Museum

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Art Institute of Chicago

Ball State University Museum of Art

Butler Institute of American Art

Charles Allis Art Museum

Chrysler Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Flint Institute of Arts

Frederic Remington Art Museum

Freer Gallery of Art

George Walter Vincent Smith Museum

Georgia Museum of Art

Heckscher Museum of Art

Hunter Museum of American Art

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Museum of Art at Brigham Young University

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

National Museum of American Art-Smithsonian

New Jersey State Museum

Paine Art Center

Parrish Art Museum

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

R W Norton Art Gallery

Reading Public Museum

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College

Salmagundi Museum of American Art

San Diego Museum of Art

Smith College Museum of Art

Springville Museum of Art

The Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire

The Brooklyn Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

The Detroit Institute of Arts

The Filson Historical Society, Inc.

The Hudson River Museum

The Newark Museum

The Parthenon

The Toledo Museum of Art

The University of Michigan Museum of Art

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Wright Museum of Art

Yale University Art Gallery