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“The Prayer Rug” Oil painting on Canvas , Signed on front” inscribed on reverse ” The Prayer Rug” by Addison T Millar 27 x 33″


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Oil on canvas “The Prayer Rug”, is considered to be one of his great masterpieces of Addison Thomas Millar collection 
Addison Thomas Millar, American 1860-1913

Frame Size: Width: 44.50″ x Hight: 39″

Frame Thickness: 6″

Picture Size: Width: 33″ x  Hight: 27″


Addison Thomas Millar (1860-1913) was an American painter known for his captivating depictions of scenes from daily life, as well as his exploration of landscapes and architectural subjects. Born in Warren, Ohio, Millar’s passion for art blossomed during his early education when he received painting lessons from local landscape artist John Bell.

In his late teens, Millar’s talent gained recognition as he won three consecutive awards from The Youth’s Companion in their annual art contests. Encouraged by this success, his parents allowed him to travel to Cincinnati to study under genre painter De Scott Evans, where he received formal art lessons. Afterward, Millar established himself as a portrait painter in Cleveland before eventually relocating to New York City in 1883.

In New York, Millar continued his artistic education at the Art Students League, as well as the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art under the tutelage of William Merritt Chase. Seeking further artistic growth, Millar ventured to Paris in 1894, where he studied at the Académie Julian under renowned artists Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant and Giovanni Boldini.

Millar’s time in Europe greatly influenced his work. His visit to Spain and subsequent journey to Algiers with his friend Chase provided inspiration for many of his renowned works. The experience allowed him to immerse himself in the vibrant and culturally rich environment, which he skillfully depicted in his art.

Throughout his career, Millar held exhibitions in various cities across the United States, including Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago. He became a member of esteemed organizations such as the Society of American Artists and the National Academy of Design, solidifying his position in the art world.

Tragically, Millar’s life was cut short when he and his wife were killed in a car accident in South Norwalk, Connecticut. However, his artistic legacy lives on through his notable body of work, which can be found in prestigious institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Additionally, his artwork has been featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

In recent years, Millar’s paintings have gained attention in the art market. Furthermore, Millar’s painting titled “The Waterfall” became part of the Vice-President’s Residence art collection when Mike and Karen Pence added several pieces of artwork borrowed from the Smithsonian’s archives.

One notable artwork by Addison Thomas Millar is “The Prayer Rug.” In this painting, Millar skillfully captures the essence of Arabic architecture and the daily life of the period. The piece is marked by its realistic lighting, which casts a warm and inviting glow on the scene. Within the composition, viewers can observe a bustling rug store, showcasing an array of vibrant patterns and colors. Millar’s attention to detail brings to life the intricacies of the rugs, allowing the viewer to appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry present in each one.

“The Prayer Rug” offers a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of the time, portraying not only the architectural elements but also the people engaged in their daily routines. Through his meticulous brushwork, Millar successfully immerses the viewer in a bygone era, evoking a sense of authenticity and transporting them to a different world. The painting stands as a testament to Millar’s ability to capture the essence of a place and time, while showcasing his technical skill and artistic vision.


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