Born in St. Louis in 1864 and trained in France, Paul Cornoyer made a name for himself in the late 19th century, painting landscapes and urban scenes in an impressionist style.
Here he opened a studio, became associated with the Ash Can school, and for many years was a beloved art teacher at the Mechanics Institute.
“Celebrated for his lyrical cityscapes and atmospheric landscapes, Paul Cornoyer crafted an indelible impression of fin-de-siècle New York,” explains this fine arts site.
[Above: “Winter Twilight Central Park”; below, “Flatiron Building”]
Well-known in his day, his typically rainy, muted depictions of New York City sold well and earned him fame, particularly “The Plaza After Rain” (below) and “Madison Square in the Afternoon” (top).
He’s not a household name, but his vision of a New York with soft edges and blurred borders still resonates—reflecting a moody city filled with mystery and enchantment.
Tags: Ash Can New York, Ash Can School painters, Central Park scenes, Flatiron Building scenes, Madison Square paintings, Madison Square scenes, New York in 1910, New York in the rain, New York painters, Paul Cornoyer, William Merritt Chase