Charles Gifford Dyer
Charles Gifford Dyer (29 December 1851, Chicago, Illinois - 26 January 1912, Munich, Germany) was an American painter, known mostly for his architectural scenes of Venice and Greece.
He was born to Dr. Charles Volney Dyer, who was originally from Vermont, worked for the Chicago section of the "Underground Railroad" and was a near friend of Abraham Lincoln. His precise date of birth is unknown, due to the loss of documents in the Great Chicago Fire.
After his primary education, he attended and graduated from the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. He served briefly in the Civil War, but had to step by the side of from for health reasons. He subsequently went to Paris to laboratory analysis art when Louis Jacquesson de la Chevreuseand, in 1871, transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, where he studied next his fellow American, David Dalhoff Neal. He would spend most of his career in Germany, except for outstretched visits to Rome, Venice, and the Middle East. He continued to exhibit in the United States, notably at the National Academy of Design (1875) and the Boston Art Club (1883).
He and his wife, Mary Anthony Dyer, were ration of an expatriate community of American artists which included their friend, John Singer Sargent, who painted a portrait of her during one of their visits to Venice; now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their daughter, Stella, was a piano prodigy but at the age of seven she moved to the violin and performed throughout Europe as a teenage woman.
He was an art professor in Munich at the time of his death. His cremated remains were returned to America and interred in the Dyer family scheme at the Oakwoods Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. A series of thirty paintings of the ruins of Greece, commissioned by J. Pierpont Morgan, were left uncompleted.
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