Charles Sprague Pearce

Charles Sprague Pearce (13 October 1851 – 18 May 1914) was an American artist.

Charles Sprague Pearce
Charles Sprague Pearce - le peintre dans son atelier d'Auvers-sur-Oise.jpg
Charles Sprague Pearce in his studio in Auvers-sur-Oise, c.1895
Born13 October, 1851
Boston, Massachusetts
Died18 May 1914
EducationLéon Bonnat in Paris
Known forPainter, draughtsman, sculptor and print-maker
AwardsChevalier of the French Legion of Honor: Order of Leopold, Belgium; Order of the Red Eagle, Prussia, and Order of the Dannebrog, Denmark.


Woman in white dress and straw hat (circa 1880)

Pearce was born at Boston, Massachusetts. In 1873 he became a pupil of Léon Bonnat in Paris, and after 1885 he lived in Paris and at Auvers-sur-Oise. He painted Egyptian and Algerian scenes, French peasants, and portraits, and also decorative work, notably for the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress at Washington. He received medals at the Paris Salon and elsewhere, and was made Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, decorated with the Order of Leopold, Belgium, the Order of the Red Eagle, Prussia, and the Order of the Dannebrog, Denmark.[citation needed]


Among his best-known paintings are Beheading of St. John the Baptist|The Decapitation of St John the Baptist (1881); Prayer (1884), The Return of the Flock, and Meditation. Pearce was also among those who knew and painted the Capri muse Rosina Ferrara.



  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pearce, Charles Sprague". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.