JOHN WHITE ALEXANDER
John White Alexander was born in Allegheny, in Pittsburgh. In 1877 Alexander travelled to Europe to begin formal artistic training, enrolling first in the Royal Art Academy of Munich and then travelling on to Polling in Bavaria where he met Frank Duveneck. The two young artists travelled to Venice, where they met Whistler, an acquaintance that developed into a lifelong friendship. Alexander achieved notable success as a portraitist, and achieved international success with his paintings of female figures gracefully posed in elegant interiors. His portraits reflected the contemporary French taste for sensual images of women as well as the undulating linear rhythms of Art Nouveau. In the 1890s, whilst living in Paris, Alexanders paintings were exhibited in the Paris Salon and subsequently he was elected to the Socit Nationale des Beaux Arts. Alexanders work is exhibited in numerous prestigious museums and institutes across the United States and in Europe.