Born in Kansas City in 1874, Eugene Higgins was one of the leading American painters and etchers of the twentieth century. Mainly a self- taught artist, he spent most of his youth in St. Louis drawing figures and scenes in his environment. His father introduced him to the works of Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters.
In 1908, Higgins traveled to Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux Arts. In France he first practiced the techniques of etching, engraving and the monotype. When he returned to the United States, years later, he was recognized as a leading printmaker. In 1912, a one-man show of his graphic art took place at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington.
Higgins was a full member of the National Academy of Design, the League of American Artists, the National Arts Club, the American Watercolor Society and the Brooklyn Society of Etchers.