G.P.A. Healy, American Artist: An Intimate Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century

G.P.A. Healy, American Artist: An Intimate Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century

G.P.A. Healy, American Artist: An Intimate Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century

G.P.A. Healy, American Artist: An Intimate Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century

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This life of George Peter Alexander Healy, written by his granddaughter, seems to me to have come to us at a very opportune time. We are going through, in this country at present, a period in which men and women need what courage they can muster to meet new conditions. It is, therefore, worth while for us to read of some of the men who made our reputation when we were still a very young country.

To many of us today it would seem that the difficulties in George Healy's path were almost unsurmountable. How could a lad succeed in a country where painters were hardly considered necessary in the absorbing struggle of conquering a new world, educate himself, build up a reputation, support a family, and educate his own countrymen to the point of looking upon art as something for which one might well spend a little money? Yet he never lost heart, and he succeeded in a most extraordinary manner.

There was plenty of incident in his long life; there were tragedies and comedies, but his joy in his work never waned, and energy such as his can only be drawn from the life of a new country.

Much of his life was spent away from this continent, but his loyalty never faltered, and the democracy that was an ideal of so many of our people in those days made it possible for him to meet people the world over, be interested in human beings primarily whether they were kings or beggars, and treat them all alike with that kindliness and geniality that characterizes his human relationships.

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