Hermann Dudley Murphy (1867–1945)
Herman Dudley Murphy was one of the leading figures in Boston’s Golden age of painting, which took place during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Born in Massachusetts, Murphy studied at the Boston Museum School and left for Paris in 1891 to train with Laurens and Constant at the Academie Julian. There, he became enthralled with the work of James McNeill Whistler, which inspired his preference for gentle, refined palettes and unified, tonal compositions. Upon returning to America in 1903, Murphy became increasingly successful, winning numerous prizes and receiving one-man exhibitions at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Portland Museum. His paintings are now in the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, the St. Louis Museum of Art, and the San Diego Museum of Art, among other institutions.