John Patrick Douglas was born in Hopewell, Pennsylvania, the son of Scottish immigrants. By 1878 his family moved to a farm in Lenexa, Kansas where he spent his youth. At 17, he enrolled in art classes at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and between 1885 and 1888 he studied in Paris at the Academie Julian. He then returned to America to teach at the St. Louis School of Art. In 1904, he began teaching at the Kansas City Art Association and School of Design (renamed the Kansas City Art Institute in 1920) and supplemented his teaching income with portrait commissions. His later paintings show an attraction to the rural environment. He is best known for his prize-winning painting, Brutality, which was exhibited at the Paris World's Fair in 1889 (receiving the third place medal) and is now in the permanent collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Hidden away by his family throughout the last century, his art has never before been placed on the market for the collecting public. American Legacy Gallery has been named the exclusive representative for the estate of John Douglas Patrick.
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