American Impressionist portrait painter Henry Salem Hubbell did not intend to work strictly with portraiture, but under the attentive guidance of his mentors - Jean Paul Laurens and James Whistler - he would become noted for his decorative portraits of women and his remarkable skills as a colorist.
He had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before heading to the Academie Julian in Paris. There his teachers would include Benjamin-Constant, James Whistler, Louis Collin and Jean Paul Laurens. It would be under Whistler, however that Hubbell's work would find its strongest influences; he abandoned genre scenes in favor of portraits and utilized the same techniques as his teacher.
From 1908 to 1910 Hubbell worked with other American painters at Giverny, the thriving Impressionist colony founded by Monet. After twelve years of training he was ready to return to America to begin his professional career. Hubbell established a studio in Norwalk, Connecticut where he found immediate success as a portraitist. Later he would be hired as the Director of the School of Painting at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, and remain in this post until 1922. Around 1924 he relocated to Miami Beach, Florida where he continued to take important portrait commissions for the rest of his life, including one for President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1939).
He was a member of the National Academy of Design and the National Arts Club and exhibited widely throughout his lifetime, including the Paris Salon and the Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915. His works are in many important private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association in Chicago, Illinois.