• Robert Crannell Minor, Sr., N.A.
  • 1839-1904
  • American


Robert Crannell Minor, Sr., a landscape painter in the Barbizon style, was born in 1839 in New York City. He is known for his treatment of light, especially his twilight images of the Fontainebleau forest. He studied in France in the mid-1860s under Narcisse Virgilio Díaz de la Peña. Camille Corot, the seminal painter and de facto leader of the Barbizon School was a lasting influence on Minor's career and the formation of his aesthetic.

After his Barbizon experience, Minor traveled in Italy and Germany, studying with Gustave Boulanger and von Luppen at the Antwerp Academy.

Minor returned to America in 1872 and set up a studio in Greenwich Village in New York City. His poetic landscapes of New York's Adirondack Mountains and European locales were well received by patrons and peers.

He exhibited at the most prestigious of venues: Paris Salon; Grosvenor Gallery; London's Royal Academy; and National Academy of Design, where he was made an Associate member in 1888. The highest honor an American artist can achieve, National Academician was bestowed on him in 1897. Minor served as President of the exclusive Salmagundi Club from 1898-1899.

He died in 1904 in Waterford, Connecticut.

Selected Collections:
National Gallery of Art
National Museum of American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
Yale University Art Gallery
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Florence Griswold Museum