"Two Women at the Opera" oil on canvas 19 1/4" x 24 1/8" w/o frame, 29 1/2" x 34 1/2" w/ frame. Robert Philipp, painter and etcher was born February 2nd, 1895 in New York City. He studied at the Art Students' League whith Frank Vincent DuMond and George Bridgman from 1910 to 1914. He also studied at the National Academy of Design with Volk and Maynard from 1914 to 1917. Philipp painted a wide range of subjects from genre and portraits to Paris, bars, nudes, clowns, flowers and coasts. His style employed an often-unusual use of color that although different, seemed intriguing and appropriate to the composition. He favored subjects of leisure often depicting scenes such as ladies in a balcony enjoying a show, girls in interiors reading, a night out, a stroll in the park. He conveyed his subjects with a certain sensitivity and understanding that his viewers could relate to. Philipp taught at the High Museum of Art, 1946; University of Illinois, 1940; Art Students' League of New York and the National Academy of design. He was also elected an associate of the National Academy and later full Academician of the National Academy of Design. He won numerous awards during his life including the third Hallgarten Prize, 1922; prizes from the National Academy of Design, 1947 and 1951; Laguna Beach Art Association prize; medal prize, Art Institute of Chicago, 1936; IBM, 1939; bronze medal, Allied Artists of America, 1958 and others. His work can be found in the collection of numerous museums throughout the United States including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, The National Academy of Design, Denver Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art and nearly a dozen others. He experience tremendous success during his lifetime and was one of the most renowned American impressionists of his time. Robert Philipp passed away in 1981.