American born painter, George Hitchcock, worked as a lawyer until his twenty-ninth year, when left the United States and entered into a decade spent studying and painting in some of the best academies of the world. He would enter the Academie Julian, travel to London, Dusseldorf and eventually establish a studio in Holland, where he would work for the rest of his life.
Initially he was known as a painter of religious scenes, but eventually transitioned into Impressionistic scenes of brightly lit and highly colored fields of tulips and peasant women cheerfully garbed in brilliant colors. Such works would earn the title the "Painter of Sunlight". Many of his peasant women and religious figures were be haloed in light, and made for an interesting play against the shadows of his scenery.
In 1885 he was noted for his Paris Salon submission, and from that time on would travel often to work in the fields and countryside of Holland. By 1887 he was awarded a gold medal for one of his "tulip" paintings and continued to win gold medals for many years. Though not often discussed in the modern era, he was a highly regarded painter of his time.
He was voted an Associate of the National Academy of Design in New York and became the only American member of the Vienna Academy. His works are in some of the largest museums in the world including the Dresden Gallery, the Imperial collection in Vienna and the Chicago Art Institute.