Corwin Knapp Linson

Artist Biography

Corwin Knapp Linson was a painter and illustrator active in New York and New Jersey. As a young artist, Linson met Stephen Crane (1871–1900), an author best remembered for his Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage. The two became friends and Linson illustrated several of Crane’s articles and stories, which often focused on social issues. After Crane’s death, Linson would write a book about his friend titled, My Stephen Crane. Linson also traveled widely, living in Jerusalem from 1898 to 1902 with the American Colony Photo-Department, an artist collective connected with the American Colony Christian sect. Linson also lived in Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux Arts under French artist, Jean Paul Laurens (1838–1921). In addition to painting, Linson worked as an illustrator for magazines, created prints, and designed stained glass windows. Throughout his career, he exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Today, Linson’s art can be found in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, and Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.

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