Eugene Speicher, who first studied, and then taught at the Art Students League for five years during the 1910s, is the subject of Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher. “At the height of his fame,” writes Jerry Weiss in the October 2014 issue of the Artist’s Magazine (PDF here), “Eugene Speicher was called ‘America’s most important living painter’ by Esquire magazine.” But his exalted reputation declined precipitously over the second half of the twentieth century.
Speicher painted fellow student Georgia O’Keeffe, when both were studying with William Merritt Chase. Speicher’s portrait, reproduced below in the Art Students League’s 1908–09 annual course catalogue, was acquired as a red dot purchase, and remains part of the school’s permanent collection.
Along His Own Lines opens October 18 at the New York State Museum, Albany.