George Hitchcock grew up in Rhode Island, attended Brown University, and studied law at Harvard. Just a few short years after being admitted to the bar in Providence and New York, he abandoned law for art, going abroad to study with renowned teachers, like Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre in Paris and Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Hague. By 1883, Hitchcock had settled in Holland, making his home near the small village of Egmond aan Zee, which he helped to transform into a significant art colony.
Where do you find “symphonies of colors” in nature?
In 1883 the American painter Hitchcock settled in the Netherlands, making his home near Egmond aan Zee, which he helped transform into a significant artists’ colony. Inspired by the “symphonies of color” he found in the Dutch landscape, Hitchcock later published a series of articles titled “The Picturesque Quality of Holland,” in which he praised “the mysterious, endless fields . . . the opulence of tone and color; the unity and mystery of the vast meadows.”
Gift of Diane B. Wilsey in honor of the tenth anniversary of the new de Young museum