"A Bad Day" Henry Bacon (Massachusetts / France, 1839 - 1912) Whimsical oil on board painting. Signed lower left. Oil on Canvas. Sight Size: 15.5 x 12 in. Overall Size: 27.5 x 24 in. D1751 One of the first Americans admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he was instructed by Alexander Cabanel and, later, by Edouard Frere. Added to his preferred inclination to paint detailed human subjects involved with their environs, Bacon helped to popularize the idea of the shipboard subject. These images were favored within his exhibitions in Paris salons and New York city's National Academy of Design. For many years, he exhibited paintings at the salons of Paris and at the National Academy of Design of which he was a member. His paintings are amongst the holdings of major museums across the U.S., including Bostons Museum of Fine Arts., 11 Bacons are in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.