The Hudson School
Julie Hart Beers
Julie Hart Beers Kempson (1835 – August 13, 1913) was an American landscape painter associated with the Hudson River School who was one of the very few commercially successful professional women landscape painters of her day. Learn More
Born Julie Hart in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of James Hart and Marion (Robertson) Hart, who had immigrated from Scotland in 1831. Her older brothers William Hart and James McDougal Hart were also noted landscape painters of the Hudson River School.
In 1853, she married artist Marion Beers, and they moved to New York, where her brothers had their studios. Like most women artists of the day, she had no formal art education, but it is thought that she was trained by both her brothers and her husband.Marion died in 1876 and a year later she remarried. With her second husband, Peter Kempson, she moved to Metuchen, New Jersey, where she set up her own studio. She continued to use the surname Beers when signing her artwork.At the time of her death she was living in Trenton.
By 1867, Beers was exhibiting her paintings. Although...