Daniel Putnam Brinley
(1879 - 1963)

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Dogwood, Connecticut






Daniel Putnam Brinley is remembered as a muralist and painter. Born in Newport, Rhode Island,
he spent his childhood in Cos Cob, Connecticut, where he was known affectionately as "Put". Brinley
studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1900 to 1902 under the guidance of Henry Siddons
Mowbray, Kenyon Cox and John Henry Twachtman.

In 1904, Brinley married his childhood friend, Katherine Gordon Sanger. Katherine's reputation was built
on her years as a travel writer and she published several books.. The Brinleys traveled through Europe for
four years spending two in Paris. It was during this period Twachtman's impressionistic influence started to
fall away and Daniel gravitated toward a more Modernist approach in his work.

In 1908, the Brinleys returned to the United States, and Daniel established a studio in New York City. With
this move his forms were becoming more like color fields and his palette was deepening. Brinley had his first
one-man show at Madison Avenue Galleries in 1910, exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz's gallery at 291, and helped
organize the 1913 Armory Show. He was also a founding member of the Association of American Painters and
Sculptors and the Grand Central Art Galleries. In 1914 the Brinleys built a home, Datchet House, in Silvermine
(New Canaan) Connecticut, designed by their friend Austin W. Lord, and spent part of each year there for the
remainder of their lives.Brinley was a charter member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in 1922.

During the 1930s Brinley earned considerable fame and profit from his murals.[2] A biographical sketch of
Brinley featured in the 22nd edition of Who's Who in America, issued in the early 1940s, identified him as
Republican and of the Episcopalian faith.

Brinley died on July 31, 1963 in New Canaan, following a brief illness. He was survived only by his wife.

 

 

 

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