November 8, 2023 – February 11, 2024

This exhibition provides evidence of this little-known aspect of our regional art history. Through paintings, etchings and photography, the art illustrates the activities of some of our early Northwest artists produced while visiting, living, or studying in France in the first half of the 20th century.

Among the earliest was Myra Albert Wiggins whose art photography became well known through the prestigious Paris Salons between 1900-1905. Roi Partridge and John Davidson Butler studied in Paris and other parts of Europe beginning around 1911. Partridge’s etchings of Parisian landmarks became internationally famous during his lifetime. Butler later relocated to Paris after WW I and owned a café in Montmartre with his wife while producing beautiful paintings of the French countryside.

In 1920, artist Yasushi Tanaka moved permanently to Paris to enhance the successful career that he began in Seattle. Others who followed primarily for study and exhibition opportunities included Peter and Margaret Camfferman, Paul Morgan Gustin, Thomas Handforth and Mac Harshberger.

Image Credits:

  1. Paul Morgan Gustin (1886-1974), Pont Marie in Autumn, 1926. Oil on canvas. Collection of Lindsey and Carolyn Echelbarger.
  2. Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1956), Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900. Gelatin silver print. Private collection.