Theodore Earl Butler, (1861–1936) an American impressionist painter, he was born in Columbus, Ohio and died in Giverny, France, May 2.
Theodore studied at Marietta College in Ohio and graduated in 1882. He studied at the Art Students League with James Carroll Beckwith, Kenyon Cox and J. Alden Weir, and under William Merritt Chase from 1884 to 1886. One of Butler’s first paintings is a copy of Menippus by Diego Velázquez(1639–1641)  Standing Bearded Man, 1885. Butler then moved to study in Paris. Many hundreds of American art students came to France during the late 19th century to study art. Some even enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. To be considered for entry, students had to pass an intense entrance exam given in French. In Paris, Butler enrolled at La Grande-Chaumière, Atelier Colarossi and at Académie Julian. Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard studied at Academy Julian in 1888-1889. Butler studied under Emile Carolus Duran. Carolus (who was a close friend of Claude Monet) said "when you can paint and draw the human figure you can do everything else”. Carolus opened an art studio in 1873 on Boulevard Montparnasse, called the “81”. His studio began with twelve students including James Carroll Beckwith and Will Low. The following year John Singer Sargent, a friend of Paul César Helleu joined them. Sargent and Claude Monet had become close friends in 1876 and there was much correspondence between them. Carolus, who was also known to have given free private lessons to some painters, introduced his students to the work of Claude Monet. Monet had moved to Giverny on April 29, 1883. Butler stayed for some time in the same building as Carolus, and Butler won an honorable mention in 1888 at the Paris Salon for a painting entitled “La Veuve”, (the Widow).  Butler at Giverny Butler signed the register under number 11 at Hotel Baudy in 1888 (May 20- September 1888.) along with Theodore Wendel, an Ohioan who also studied at Academy Julian. Butler stayed again at Hotel Baudy from October 1891 until July 21, 1892. Besides heimself, other American painters who spent time in Giverny included John Leslie Breck, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Edmund Greacen, Philip Leslie Hale, Willard Metcalf, Lilla Cabot Perry, Theodore Robinson and Guy Rose. On July 3 Butler and Robinson had diner at Monet’s house. Angelina and Lucien Baudy opened Hotel Baudy in June 1887. The Hotel became the hub for many American Expatriates. At Hotel Baudy, Artists could buy canvases from Lefevre Foinet and American food celebrating Thanksgiving was served. The village began to attract a great deal of attention. According to Terra Museum historians Katherine M Bourguignon and Vanessa Lecomte, over 350 painters from eighteen countries painted in Giverny.