Equally committed to forwarding the ideas behind Impressionism and the "Boston School" of painting, Philip Leslie Hale would write, teach and paint with dedication and remarkable skill.
He was the son of an old New England family, and had studied first with his sister, Ellen Day Hale, and then with Edmund Tarbell at the Boston Museum School. From there he journeyed to New York where he studied under J. Alden Weir at the Art Students League, and finally he went to Paris. There he attended the Academie Julian as well as the Ecole des Beaux Arts.
He stayed in France for approximately fifteen years, during which time he spent most of his summers at Giverny. There he became acquainted with some of the other American Impressionists as well as with the most well-known Impressionist of the period, Claude Monet. He also made many journeys around Europe in order to make copies of the Old Masters.
Upon his return he was a teacher at the Boston Museum School and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and all the while he was writing to local newspapers and contributing to major periodicals about the Boston School of art, being led at that time by his old teacher Edmund Tarbell. Though he remained a committed Impressionist himself, he defended the Boston painter's and their unique blend of Impressionism, Realism and even Tonalism.
Hale's work was unique in its heavy emphasis on the landscape. He did transition through a wide range of subject matter, including figures, nudes, portraits and landscapes.
He exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and was an active member of several important organizations, including the National Academy of Design. He won many awards and medals, and also authored several studios books. His work is in several important collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.