Style: Modern , Impressionist
Background: Daniel Putnam Brinley was born in Newport, Rhode Island on March 8, 1879.
Education: Brinley spent his childhood at his parents’ home in Cos Cob, Connecticut, where he was known affectionately as “Put”. During the 1890s, he came to the attention of local artists when he watched them at work. Brinley studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1900 to 1902. While there, he studied with Bryson Burroughs, Benjamin West Clinedinst, and Henry Siddons Mowbray, and was most influenced by Kenyon Cox and John Henry Twachtman.
Achievements: In 1904, Brinley married his childhood friend, Kathrine Gordon Sanger, whom he had begun courting during the 1890s. Kathrine would later achieve fame in her own right as an author of travel books. The two of them spent the next four years traveling through Europe, including trips to Rome, Florence, Venice, Switzerland, and Holland. They then spent nearly two years in Paris, where Daniel was influential in organizing the New Society of American Painters in Paris. Brinley had previously been an impressionist landscape painter under Twachtman’s influence, but he studied art independently while abroad and began to gravitate toward the Modernist school of art.
In 1908, the Brinleys returned to the United States, and Daniel established a studio in New York City. During this period his work was heavily influenced by the modernist movement, with flattened forms and a deeper hued palette. Brinley had his first one-man show at Madison Avenue Galleries in 1910, exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery at 291, and helped organize the 1913 Armory Show. He was also a founding member of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors and the Grand Central Art Galleries. In 1914 the Brinleys built a home, Datchet House, in New Canaan, Connecticut, and spent part of each year there for the remainder of their lives. Daniel earned considerable fame and profit for his murals during the 1930s. A biographical sketch of Brinley featured in the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in America, issued in the early 1940s, identified him as Republican and of the Episcopalian faith.
Daniel Putnam Brinley died on July 31, 1963 in New Canaan, following a brief illness. He was survived only by his wife.