Plein air painter Louis Oscar Griffith would work throughout his career in the Impressionist style, it would take a brief trip to Pairs and an introduction to the art of Cezanne to complete his education in the genre.
Born in Indiana he grew up in Texas, where he learned to paint with Frank Reaugh, the master pastel painter of Texas and American West landscapes and longhorn cattle. He would study with him over the course of many years through 1906. He enrolled in the St. Louis School of Fine Arts in 1893 and then to the Art Institute of Chicago where he began to exhibit his works.
In 1908 he traveled to France where he saw the works of Cezanne, which inspired him to relinquish his conservative approach to Impressionistic painting. From that point onward he would use brighter hues and demonstrate his remarkable ability to depict the effects of light and atmosphere in the scene.
Upon his return he began to exhibit widely, winning numerous awards and honors, including a bronze at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and a first prize from the Chicago Society of Etchers in 1949. Some of the more well-known venues where his works were exhibited include the Hoosier Salon, the Library of Congress National Exhibition and the National Academy of Design, among others. He also had several solo exhibitions, including a 1933 show at the Chicago Woman's Club.
His works are in several museums, including the Richmond Art Museum in Indians and the John H. Vanderpoel Art Association in Chicago.