Closely associated with artists such as T. C. Steele and J. Ottis Adams, William J. Forsyth studied at the Royal Academy in Munich then returned home to paint what he knew best-the Indiana landscape. It proved a rewarding subject. His paintings were exhibited nationally and received major awards. With full-color reproductions of Forsyth's most important paintings and previously unpublished photographs of the artist and his work, this book showcases Forsyth's fearless experiments with artistic styles and subjects. Drawing on his personal letters and other sources, Rachel Berenson Perry discusses Forsyth and his art and offers fascinating insights into his personality, his relationships with his students, and his lifelong devotion to teaching and educating the public about the importance of art.
Rachel Berenson Perry is Emeritus Curator of Fine Arts at the Indiana State Museum and author of Barry Gealt, Embracing Nature (IUP, 2012); T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists, 1896-1914 (IUP, 2009); and Children from the Hills: The Life and Work of Ada Walter Shulz.
Acknowledgments Foreword: William Forsyth Was My Grandfather/Susan Forsyth Selby Sklar 1. Small in Stature, Large in Spirit, 1854 - 1881 2. Munich Drawing School, December 1881 - Fall 1883 3. Munich Painting School and Private Studio, Fall 1883 - Fall 1888 4. The Beginnings of a Teacher, Fall 1888 - Fall 1897 5. Creating a Market for Landscapes, Fall 1897 - Summer 1904 6. Independent Painting While Teaching, 1905 - 1923 7. The Last Fight, 1923-1935 8. Forsyth's Students Conclusion Appendix Forsyth Paintings Exhibited Prior to 1937 Notes Index