Paul Cornoyer (1864–1923)
Celebrated for his lyrical cityscapes and atmospheric landscapes, Paul Cornoyer crafted an indelible impression of fin-de-siècle New York. Born in St. Louis, Cornoyer developed his Tonalist style at the Académie Julian in Paris. He moved to Manhattan in 1899 on the advice of William Merritt Chase, who collected his paintings and encouraged him to capture the dynamism of New York City. There, Cornoyer taught art at the Mechanics Institute and exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Boston Art Club. His work is now in the St. Louis Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Newark Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.