Women with Umbrella by Richard Emil Miller (1)
Miller studied in Paris, at the Académie Julian. For the most part, he concentrated on the single figure in an intimate setting. The artist won awards: a gold medal at the Paris Salon of 1901, a bronze medal for a portrait at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in the same year, and another gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1904. He was hired to teach at the Académie Colarossi, and finally he was honored with the coveted Légion d’Honneur.
In 1906 Miller taught at Mary C. Wheeler’s summer school in Giverny.
The artist once reported that "art’s mission is not literary, the telling of a story, but decorative, the conveying of a pleasant optical sensation."