A student of Edmund Tarbell and William Merritt Chase, painter Lilian Westcott Hale would become known as one of America's most prominent and successful Impressionists.
Born in Connecticut in 1881, she would become most closely associated with the "Boston School" of Impressionist painters. She attended the Hartford Art School before heading to the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where she studied with Tarbell and Philip Leslie Hale (who she would later marry).
After the requisite trip to Europe upon her graduation in 1904, Hale returned to Boston and immediately began to exhibit her work. Her still life and figure paintings drew a great deal of attention for their high quality execution and delicate coloring.
Upon the birth of her first child in 1908 Hale ceased working alongside fellow artists in her Boston studio, who included John Singer Sargent, Frank Benson and her husband Philip. Her subject matter changed at this time as well, before becoming a mother she had depicted many genre interiors and outdoor leisure scenes, as well as portraits and still life. Afterward she began more domestic scenes that demonstrated her pleasure in motherhood.
Hale's work was always appealing to its viewers because of her ability to capture the play of light over the forms, and because of her ability as a colorist.
She won numerous awards throughout her career, pausing only to mourn the death of her husband in 1931, and then began to paint again in the 1950s. She received the gold medal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and was the first woman to win the Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design for her painting.
Her works are in numerous collections, including the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the National Academy of Design in New York.