William Savery Bucklin
Birth Date: October 2, 1851
Death Date: March 3, 1928
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William Savery Bucklin grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey. His art career began at the age of 11 when he sold his first painting to the poet E.C. Steadman. He later studied at the Normal Art School in Boston and the Art Students League in New York City. Bucklin’s father was a prominent organizer of the New Jersey Phalanx movement of the 19th century, an experimental cooperative community which attracted local intellectuals, artists, and authors. When the community dissolved he remained at the Phalanx, running a successful canning business. William took over the property from his father, and many of his works are inspired by the woods and streams near the area. His best known or admired works tend to be these scenic views. Though he stayed a resident of the Phalanx all his life, he lived temporarily at several places, including a cottage on the coast of California. During his career, Bucklin produced numerous oil and watercolor paintings, as well as wall murals and images for magazines. Compositionally, he favored scenic views with woods, streams, and cloudy lighting characteristic of the northeastern coastal states. While he was primarily active in the east coast states, Bucklin often visited a cottage in California to paint on the west coast. He exhibited his work nationally and gained commercial success during his lifetime. Additionally, Bucklin was a member of the Art Students League, the Greenwich Society of Artists, and the Professional League. Bucklin’s works have been collected by notable galleries and museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago.