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Louis MCCLELLAN POTTER

Louis McClellan Potter (1974-1912) would have likely left much more of a mark as an artist had he lived longer.  From New York state originally, and trained as an artist at Trinity College in Hartford (CT), Potter quickly moved on, spending at least 4 years in Paris, and probably a further one full year in Tunisia, before returning to the States in 1901.  At the time of his death he was in Seattle.  All of these places influenced him, Paris in particular, where he learned to cast sculpture and printmaking.  While he is today mostly remembered for his bronzes, his printmaking is nonetheless memorable as well.  He seemed to have enjoyed portraiture mostly, working in watercolor first then transposing these snapshots into complex color etchings with aquatint.  It is probable that he was taught the technique of working with multiple color plates from Eugène Delâtre, the famous Parisian printer and printmaker.  He is known to have then shown the ropes to Bernard Boutet de Monvel, with whom he studied in Luc-Olivier Merson’s studio at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

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