Alexander Helwig Wyant (1836–1892)
Alexander Wyant was one of the nineteenth century’s most significant landscape painters, who helped to initiate the Tonalist movement of painting. Wyant’s sensitive tonalist style was inspired by the work of George Inness, who helped to establish Wyant as an artist. Wyant set up a studio in New York City in 1867 and began exhibiting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Boston Arts Club, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His loosely-painted, highly atmospheric works served as an important transition from the precision of the Hudson River School to the freedoms of Impressionism. Wyant’s paintings can be found in over seventy-five major collections, including The White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.