" Landscape with Poplars ( Afternoon at Montigony)" 1898 oil on canvas
William A. Harper ( 1873- 1910) was a Canadian born impressionist landscape painter. Harper born was in Cayuga, Canada but later moved to Chicago, Illinois while still a little boy. During that time having limited oppurtinities as an African American he took a job as a janitor at the Art Institue of Chicago where he saved enough to pursue higher education there. He enrolled in 1895 and then later graduated with honors. In 1903-05 he went went europe and studied at Academie Julian. In 1907 traveled traveled to Paris where studied with fellow African American painter Henry Osswa Tanner. He was the the recipient of many awards and honors like the Young Fortnightly Prize and Municipal Art League Prize. He passed away 1910 in Mexico City at the young age of 36, suddenly of turbulcoles.