Percival Leonard Rosseau

Artist Biography

Known as a master painter of field and hunting dogs, Louisiana-born and Kentucky-raised Percival Leonard Rosseau studied art in Paris at the prestigious Académie Julian. His adventurous personality, which led him to jobs as a cowboy and cattle driver, were perfectly suited for following his subjects into the field. His talent was recognized in 1900 when he won a prize from the Paris Salon for a painting of a nude, but his commercial success began in 1904 when he began to focus almost exclusively on animal subjects, yet the French Barbizon influence can still be seen in the soft shapes and textures used to create movement in the animals and backgrounds. He earned membership to the respected Lotus Club, Lyme Art Association, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts. Today his work is in the collections of the The Heckscher Museum of Art, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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