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Henry Fitch Taylor
Date: American painter, 1853–1925
Biography: Taylor experimented with various modern styles during his career, painting and makes prints inspired Barbizon and Impressionist painters around the turn of the century and assimilating Cubism and Futurism after 1914. Taylor was born in Cincinnati and studied at the Académie Julian in Paris. He also worked at Barbizon and at Monet's studio in Giverny before returning to the United States in the late 1880s. Taylor established a studio in New York and spent time at the artists' colony at Cos Cob, Connecticut. Between 1909 and 1912 he ran the Madison Gallery in New York which showed progressive art. He was a founding member of the American Association of Painters and Sculptors which organized the Armory Show of 1913. In the teens he experimented with Cubism and devised the Taylor System of Organized Color, one of many color theories to emerge in the early 20th century. He was married to Clara Potter Davidge, an interior decorator and historic preservationist.