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Eugene Higgins

(1874 - 1958)
One of several Missouri-born artists in the collection, Eugene Higgins studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts followed by an extended sojourn in Europe where he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian in Paris. Higgins learned to etch while in France and his prints became his primary source of income.

After seven years in Europe Higgins returned to the United States in 1904 and settled permanently in New York City. He became known for his Social Realist subject matter and for a style that reflected the influence of Honore Daumier and Jean Millet. Scenes of working people, immigrants, and the urban poor were mainstays of his work. Higgins was elected to associate membership in the National Academy of Design in 1921 and also maintained memberships in the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club and the Society of American Etchers.

Higgins’ only documented visit to New Mexico took place in 1922.


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