Edmund Charles Tarbell was the primary founder of the “Boston School” of American Impressionism, one of the most important of the painters called American Impressionists, and to my mind, one of the great American painters in general.
Since I last wrote about Tarbell back in 2006, many more resources have become available for viewing his work on the web, and I’ll take advantage of this update post to list some of them, and to post more of Tarbell’s beautiful paintings.
Unfortunately, the two best books I know of about Tarbell and his work are not as directly available as they were, but you can still find them used or new from some sellers: Impressionism Transformed: The Paintings of Edmund C. Tarbell and Edmund C. Tarbell: Poet of Domesticity.
Rather that repeating my description of Tarbell, his stunning impressionist portraits and figures and his elegant Vermeer-inspired interiors, I’ll refer you to my two previous posts: Edmund Tarbell and Edmund Tarbell (revisited).
In the latter post, I mention a brief email contact I had with the stepdaughter of one of Tarbell’s three granddaughters, as she was showing her stepmother “Tarbie” how her grandfather’s work was mentioned and displayed on the web.
[Correction: One of the images originally accompanying this post was actually by Frank Benson, Not Tarbell (the result of late night editing - sigh). After several alert readers pointed it out to me, I've replaced it, and another that could have been in question, with other images. See this post's comments for more.]