Elizabeth Nourse - The Mother - 1888

Elizabeth Nourse - The Mother - 1888

Elizabeth Nourse (1859 – 1938) was an American painter from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is one of the most underrated painters of the 19th Century.  Although virtually unknown, Nourse was highly skilled. Her portraits of mothers and children rival those of Cassat.  She moved to Paris in 1887 and attended the Académie Julian studying under Boulanger and Lefebvre.  She opened her own studio, and in 1888 her work was featured in her first major exhibition at the Société Nationale des Artistes Français, becoming only the second American woman to be accepted as a member of the society.  In addition to portraits she painted rural life in the style of Bastien-Lepage.  Nourse is a masterful painter who deserves more recognition.