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When Arthur I Keller was just seven years old, he began attending the National Academy of Design, where he would begin his training to starting his career as an artist. In 1905, Bret Harte’s novel, Her Letter, His Response, and Her Last Letter was illustrated by Keller. In 1909, Emerson Hough’s work, 54-40 or Fight was also illustrated by Keller.
Both paintings are based upon a romantic theme, set up in different settings. Keller always painted from using live models, as he did with Hough’s and Emerson’s novel illustrations.
Arthur Keller was a very talented artist; he painted using live models, and worked well with charcoal, acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolor and pencil. Keller was able to bring a realistic look to his paintings, using shadows, patterns, details, and shading. Although he is not alive anymore, his paintings will be around forever.
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