|From March 12 - May 5, 2007, Childs Gallery presents a look at the work of Bryson Burroughs.|
Burroughs was born in Boston. In 1889, he moved to New York City and enrolled in the Art Students League. After receiving a Chanler Scholarship in 1890, the artist spent the next five years in Europe. While in Paris, Burroughs was greatly influenced by the artist Puivs de Chavannes, renowned for his murals in the Boston Public Library. There is a tremendous similarity in the works of these two artists and "...what [Burroughs] emulated in Puvis' style was an overall simplification of the painted surface, a reduction of modeling to eliminate chiaroscuro, and emphasis on linear outline to delineate major passages, a palette of lighter tonality, and a preference for emotionally subdued subjects based on religion and mythology" (Douglas Dreishpoon).
Burroughs is also well known for his work as curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And, his lifelong passions did not end with him. In his son Alan he sparked an interest in collecting, resulting in Alan becoming a curator at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. To Alan's wife, Molly Luce, Burroughs passed on his knowledge of painting. This exhibition examines not only the mythological themes in Burroughs's art, but also the influence he had on his legacy.