|Artist||Butler, N.A., Howard Russell|
|Title||Moonrise Over Mt. Rincon (Bay of Carpinteria, CA)|
|Date||1921 - 1923|
|Medium||Pastel on paper|
|Place of Origin||New York, NY|
|Collection||American Scene Collection|
|Credit line||Gift of Howard Russell Butler, Jr.|
Howard Russell Butler was an American painter, architect, and founder of the American Fine Arts Society. Butler was considered an American Impressionist, who often painted landscapes of the night sky as well as atmospheric seascapes and landscapes. He also created pictures of planets that were seen from one of their moons. In 1926, the Union Pacific Railroad commissioned him to paint a series of landscapes in order to promote the Colorado Plateau's scenic marvels as part of the UP's "Grand Circle Tour."
In 1884, Butler studied under noted Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church, and later at the Art Students League in New York. He lived in Paris from 1885 to 1887, and was accepted into the Paris Salons of 1886 and 1887. While he spent much of his life in New York City, he lived in California for periods in 1905-1907 and 1921-1926. He also resided in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1913-1921 and again in 1926. Butler was well-known for his interest in science as well as art. He studied physics during his time at Princeton, and advocated integrating scientific knowledge into the painter's process throughout his artistic career.