Herman Murphy studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School as well as Acadamie Julian from 1891 to 1896. He was an Impressionist painter of harmonious scenes and was known for his beautiful landscapes and floral compositions. He combined Realism with an ideal beauty with concern for delicate color tonalities. His later works are still in great demand. Murphy was also very influential on American framework, surpassing even Whistler. He opened his own shop "Carrig Rohane" in Winchester, MA, moved it to Boston in 1905, and subsequently sold the shop in 1917 to Vose Gallery.Murphy served as an illustrator for the Nicaraguan Canal Expedition in 1887 and also contributed work to books and magazines from 1888-94. Mid-way through his career, Murphy traveled to the tropics where he gained a greater color range and vibrancy. The 1920s was Murphy's last and most successful phase with his florals and still lifes, employing more Impressionistic techniques. Murphy taught at Harvard from 1931 to 1937. He died eight years later in 1945.
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