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Philip Leslie Hale
Girl’s Head, 1927

Conté drawing on paper


Oscar Adler

(American, 1865-1931)

Philip Leslie Hale was born May 21, 1865 in Boston the son of the famous Reverend Edward Everett Hale. He studied with Edmund C. Tarbell at the Museum School, Boston and privately with William Merritt Chase before studying with J. Alden Weir, Kenyon Cox. Knowing how to paint competently before he went abroad, he first studied at the Arts Student League before sailing for Paris to study at the Academie Julian with Doucet and Lefebvre and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. When he returned to Boston he again took painting instruction from Tarbell (1906), who was considered the leader of the Boston school of Painting. While he was a student of Tarbell’s, he began a teaching career at the Museum School (1893-1931) and he became known as a rigid disciplinarian who was exceedingly lucky to be married (June 11, 1902) to the multi-gold medal winner Lilian Westcott Hale (who some felt out painted her husband).

Hale was highly influenced by Tarbell and by virtue of Tarbell’s teachings by the sunlit interiors of Vermeer, the realism of Ingres and Gérôme and the impressionism of French masters Sisley and Pissarro. Hale’s light-filled plein air subjects are reminiscent of some of Pissarro’s 1890s landscapes in which small strokes of color are quickly applied with a thick impasto.

Solo exhibitions include: Durand-Ruel (NY, 1899); St. Botolph Club (Boston, 1911, 1921); Guild of Boston Artists (1916, 1919, 1925); Castano Gallery (Boston); Museum of Fine Art, Memorial Exhibition (Boston, November 1931); Vose Galleries of Boston (1966); Finer Things (Cambridge, MA 1970-71).

Memberships: National Academy of Design (ANA 1917); Philadelphia Art Club; St. Botolph Club; Guild of Boston Artists; San Francisco Art Club; Fellowship, PAFA (assoc.); Eclectics; National Arts Club and Portrait Painters.

Awards include: Honorable Mention and hors concours jury of awards, Pan-Pacific Exposition, San. Fran. (1915); bronze medal, St. Louis (1904); gold medal, Buenos Aires Exposition (1910); Harris Silver Medal, Art Institute of Chicago (1919); Proctor Prize, NAD (1916; Lea Prize, Philadelphia Water Color Club (1916) and the popular prize, PAFA (1919).

Author: Jan Vermeer of Delft (Boston 1913); Great Masters of Art (Crown Pub., 1935); numerous critics for newspapers and art magazines regarding the Boston school painters (art critic, The Boston Herald).