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Kenyon Cox was born in Ohio 1856 into a prominent midwestern family of theologians, lawyers, and politicians. Kenyon Cox's art education was shaped by Carolus Duran and of J.L. Gérôme in Paris where he went to study art from 1877 to 1882.
Upon his return to New York City, where he spent the most of his life, Cox became an art teacher in the Art Students' League, which logo he designed. He was also working as an illustrator and art critic.
Kenyon Cox is also known for his murals and decorative work. Among the better-known examples of his work are the frieze for the courtroom of the Appellate Court, New York City, and decorations for the Walker Art Gallery, Bowdoin College, and for the capitol at St. Paul, Minn. He was the author of several books in which he generally argued against new movements in art and advocated what he termed "the classic point of view."
His sensuous female nudes were beautifully rendered but were somewhat shocking to the public of his day; later he found wider acceptance as a creator of allegorical murals.
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