Brief Biography-Originally from Greenock Scotland, William Brymner spent his youth in Melbourne, Quebec. The family moved to Montreal when he was seventeen which was to become his home for the remainder of his life except for twelve years in Ottawa and visits to Paris.
When he went to Paris he studied at the Academie Julian under William Adolphe Bouguereau and Gustave Boulanger amongst other French artists. The work of Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier made a strong influence on him. He also studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
He excelled in impressionism and became one of Canada's foremost art teachers as Director of the School of the Art Association of Montreal from 1886 to 1921. During his lifetime he travelled Europe extensively, painting wherever he went into his retirement years.
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