Artist Biography

Roy Cleveland Nuse

(1885 - 1975)

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    Roy Cleveland Nuse was an esteemed painter and teacher who lived and worked in Bucks County for nearly 60 years. While working in a factory, painting lampshades, a young Nuse was discovered for his artistic talent and encouraged to attend art school. He began studying at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1905 and, later, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied with famous Pennsylvania impressionist, Daniel Garber. At the Academy, Nuse won the Toppan and Thouron Prizes as well as the Cresson Traveling Scholarship. It was during this time that Nuse settled in rural Bucks County, a location that would remain central throughout the artist’s career. He painted large rural landscapes with figures, often featuring depictions of his own six children. As his career progressed, Nuse began teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he worked from 1925 to 1954. He exhibited his work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and at the Art Institute of Chicago but found that the popularity of Modernism stood in contrast to his representational depictions. Today, his impressionistic images of the rustic countryside are once again appreciated. His work is found in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, James A. Michener Art Museum, and Woodmere Art Museum.

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