George Bertrand Mitchell (1872-1966)
Landscape with Rice Paddies
Mystic Museum of Art Permanent Collection
Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, George Bertrand Mitchell is best remembered for his large body of work focused on the Blackfoot Indian tribe in the Canadian Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Mitchell studied fine art in New York and Boston, and then traveled to Paris for three years to attend the Académies Julien, Colarossi, and Ecole des Beaux Arts under the tutelage of Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant. However, Mitchell actually began his artistic career studying textile design at the Lowell Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Returning to New York, Mitchell spent several years working as the art manager at McClure’s Magazine before becoming the vice-president of advertising agency representing the Canadian Pacific Railway and Steamship Lines in the early 1920s. It was in this capacity that he was first introduced to the Blackfeet of Stoney Reserve in the Pacific Northwest that would become his primary focus for 25 years. Mitchell was also able to visit parts of Asia as part of his work with Canadian Pacific, where he would have seen landscapes such as the one depicted here.