Lilla Cabot Perry
At age 41, American artist Lilla Cabot Perry saw her first Impressionist painting, a work by Claude Monet, in a Paris gallery. It changed her life. Perry became a devotee and strong advocate of French Impressionism, and produced a formidable body of work. She avidly practiced the genre’s philosophy of expressing personal perceptions, especially via plein-air (outside) landscape painting. Perry and Monet became close friends, and he often advised her on her art. Perry traveled widely during her lifetime, living in America, Europe and Japan, where she had the rare opportunity to study sources of Impressionism, Japanese fabrics and prints, in detail. Perry was a prolific artist and was still painting on the day she died, Feb. 28, 1933, at the age of 86.