Birge Harrison American, 1854-1929


Birge Harrison is recognized as one of America's leading Tonalist painters. A native Philadelphian, Harrison studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he credited Thomas Eakins as a major influence. As a Tonalist, Harris was well known for his subtle paintings of winter landscapes and street scenes.  His landscapes often featured dark, neutral hues.


National Academy of Design, 1910

National Arts Club

National Institute of Arts and Letters

New York Water Color club

Philadelphia Sketch Club

Salmagundi Club

Union International des Arts et des Lettres


Paris Salon, 1882, 1887 (silver medal), 1889 (silver medal)

Expo Universale, Paris, 1889 (medal)

Victorian Artists' Society, Melbourne, Australia1890

Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 (medal)

Victorian Artists' Society, Melbourne, Australia, 1897

American Art Galleries, New York, 1897, 1921

The Art Institute of Chicago, 1900

Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901 (medal)

Society of Washington Artists, 1904 (prize)

Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904

Century Club, 1904, 1907

American Art Society, Philadelphia, 1907 (gold)

Dallas, Texas, 1912 (medal)

Fine Arts Building, NY "Anglo-American Exposition," Fine Arts Palace, London, 1914

Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915

American Art Galleries, New York, 1921

The Woodstock Art Colony, Bruce Museum, 1999

"Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony," Klienert James Art Gallery, Woodstock, NY, 2003

Museums and Public Collections

Art Complex Museum, MA

Art Institute of Chicago

Atlanta Art Association

Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis

Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio

California College, Los Angeles

Calumet College, New York

Chicago College

City Art Museum, St. Louis

Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Dallas Art Association

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Herron Art Institute

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California

Gibbes Museum of Art, SC

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Joslyn Art Museum, NE

Lawrence, Kansas Art Museum

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, TN

Museum of Fine Arts, TX

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France

Musée d'Orsay 

Museum of Fine Arts, Tournai, Belgium

Museum of the National Academy of Design, New York City

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Oglethorpe University Museum, Georgia

Omaha Museum of Fine Art, Nebraska

Museum at Marseilles, France

Museum at Quimper, France

Palais de Tokyo (Ancien National D'art Moderne), Paris

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Richmond, Indiana Art Association

St. Paul Institute

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg

Swarthmore College, PA

Toledo Museum of Art, OH

Union League Club of Chicago, IL

United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, DC (located Longfellow National Historic Site, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

University of Arizona

University of Minnesota

Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, NY

Wichita Art Museum, KS

Woodstock Artists Association, NY

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