Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied at the University of Cincinnati's School of Design and the Art Students League of New York. She moved to Paris in 1887 when she was 28 years old. There she opened her own studio and befriended other "New Women" of the 19th century including Mary Cassatt and Cecilia Beaux.
Nourse's most common subjects were portraits of women and pastoral scenes. She was recognized for her talents, becoming the first American woman to be voted into the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Among her contemporaries, she was heralded as "the dean of American woman painters in France." She was never a teacher or independently wealthy (like Beaux and Cassatt, respectively), earning her living as a professional painter for over 50 years.
See a portrait by Nourse in our collection.