Howard Pyle


Howard Pyle. (1910). The Mermaid

When I can, I enjoy writing about various art topics from art history and aesthetics to technique. One topic I am particularly passionate about is Howard Pyle and the Brandywine school of artists. They were the first images I remember seeing in the old books from the school library and probably a big reason why I took up drawing. I saw these images and I was enthralled with them and wanted to create my own. As I grew older, interest in other artists grew and I explored other periods. I fell in love with Baroque art and Romanticism. Even as I studied Rubens, Delacroix or Sargent I kept coming back to Howard Pyle. I saw connections between them and really only recently have I begun to understand the power of Pyle’s teaching and how much he has influence American painting. I hope one day that Pyle will be considered among the greats of American painting and not dismissed as only an illustrator.

Often I include articles or blogs from my research that I think others might find interesting. Two blogs to check out for more information on Howard Pyle and the Brandywine school are

Ian Schoenberg and the Howard Pyle Blog

James Gurney and his blog The Gurney Journey


About Denis

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art; I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I have always been inspired by the art of Romantic painters such as Eugene Delacroix, John Constable and W.M. Turner. I consider myself a modern Romantic seeking to capture the emotion or feeling of a subject above all else. Charles Baudelaire described Romanticism as "...situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling".
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