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Paul Cornoyer

Paul Cornoyer

1864 - 1923

Paul Cornoyer was born in St. Louis in 1864. He studied painting at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, beginning in 1881. In 1889 he continued his training in Paris at the Académie Julian, studying under Lefebvre, Constant and Louis Blanc. He stayed in Paris painting and exhibiting until 1894, then returned to the States. Cornoyer was a painter of portraits and landscapes, but he is best remembered for his urban cityscapes, particularly of New York. He also painting large murals and frescos. Cornoyer was also a beloved and respected teacher at the Mechanic Institute in New York. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, the Salmagundi Club, the Allied Artists Association, the National Arts Club and the Gallery on Moors. He was also a member of the National Society of American Artists, the Newark Art Association, and the Society of Western Artists. Cornoyer exhibited his paintings in the American Art Association of Paris, the St. Louis Association of Painters and Artists, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has had 8 paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also exhibited in the National Academy of Design, the Salmagundi Club, the Boston Art Club, the Corcoran Gallery, Philadelphia Art Club. Paul Cornoyer is represented in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Institute Museum, the Art Association in Dallas, the Seattle Art Museum, the Newark Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Kansas City Fine Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Joslyn art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska; the Museum of the City of New York, Smith College Museum of Art, the Hickory Museum of Art in North Carolina and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. Cornoyer died in 1923 in East Gloucester, Massachusetts. "Tonalist Study, Evening" is an attribution to Paul Cornoyer, and is believed to be an early work by the artst during his Tonalist period, immediately before he travelled to Paris to study at the Académie Julian.


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