Wednesday, June 25, 2008


On June 29 Dan Ripley's Antique Helper in Indianapolis will be auctioning these three drawings by Hoosier School artist, William Forsyth (1854-1935). The estimate for these three pieces (sold together) is $200-$400. The largest of the three measures 7" X 5 1/2".

WILLIAM FORSYTH was born in the river town of California, Ohio near Cincinnati. At the age of ten, Forsyth moved with his family to Versailles, Indiana and a few years later moved again to Indianapolis. As a young man Forsyth was always interested in art and he convinced his father to let him study with Barton S. Hays. Hays was one of the city's leading artists of the time as well as being one of William Merritt Chase's teachers. A little while after he began, Forsyth had to terminate his lessons for financial reasons. However, when his close friend Theodore Clements Steele began to study in Munich, another close friend, Thomas Hibben offered to finance Forsyth's study abroad in exchange for one half of the paintings he created while he was gone. Forsyth quickly left for Munich and studied there for several years. In 1888 the artist returned to Indiana and assisted Ottis Adams at an art school in Ft. Wayne. By 1891 he was again living in Indianapolis. Soon, Forsyth was one of the five artists associated with the Hoosier School.
THE HOOSIER SCHOOL of artists are credited with helping develop art of Indiana and the midwest. They were particularly important to American art because they intentionally tried to create a style of Impressionism that was unique to America. The recognition of the Hoosier School is also closely tied to the Chicago Exposition. Although they were based in Indianapolis, the artists particularly liked to paint rural areas. Forsyth loved southern Indiana, especially the country in and around Corydon.

Dan Ripley's Antique Helper Auctions
2764 E 55th Place
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(located 2 blocks east of Keystone)
(317) 251-5635
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