Genth, Lillian(American, 1876-1953)
During her lifetime, Lillian M. Genth was considered to be the most successful painter of female nudes in America. Noted for her studies of nudes in poetic, pastoral settings, Genth was also a very successful portrait painter.
Born in Philadelphia in 1876, Genth studied at home and abroad. She received a scholarship to the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. There she studied under Elliott Daingerfield, graduating in 1900. Genth went to Europe and studied in Paris under James McNeill Whistler; while there, she painted his portrait.
Whistler's influence can be seen in Genth's work. Like Whistler, Genth chose to paint rather academic subjects such as beautiful women with subtle, exotic accents in their dress and surroundings. Both Whistler and Genth painted in a somewhat traditional style, using many of the techniques and some of the innovations of the impressionists. Genth was well received in the art world and achieved great success during her lifetime.
Genth was the recipient of many awards during her career. These included the Mary Smith Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1904 and the Shaw Memorial from the National Academy of Design in 1908. Also in 1908, Genth was elected an associate member of the Academy. She died in 1953.

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