Louis Oscar Griffith
Louis Oscar Griffith (1875-1956) was an American painter known for his etchings, paintings, and aquatints of landscapes, especially scenes of Brown County, Indiana, New Orleans, LA and Texas. Griffith was born in Indiana in 1875 but later moved to Dallas, TX with his family. As a teen, he took art lessons with acclaimed landscape artist, Frank Reaugh. He then studied at the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts before moving to Chicago in the mid-1890s to study at the Art Institute and work as a commercial artist. In the winter of 1916, Griffith came to New Orleans to paint and sketch with fellow artist Robert Grafton. The impressionist sketches and paintings they did of the French Quarter and the Basin St. canal and docks are coveted not only for their beauty and skill but for the preservation of a bygone era.