|Boston-born and Cincinnati-raised, trained at the Cincinnati Museum, the Art Students League, and the Académie Julian in Paris, Bryson Burroughs, American (1869-1934) came to his major master—Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French (1824-1898)—fully trained in the best Beaux-Arts techniques. In the mid-1890’s, Puvis offered young Burroughs the criticism that was to shape his style for the rest of his life. Bryson Burroughs sought most of his subjects for his narrative painting in Biblical or Classical themes that would be well-known to his audience. And he did so with a great sense of humor.|
In 1906, a decade after his return from Paris to New York, Burroughs became the Assistant Curator of Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum under Roger Fry. In 1909, after Fry’s resignation, Burroughs was named Associate Curator. His painter’s eye helped to add some of the finest paintings in the collections of the Metropolitan.