Artists of Chicago Past and Present by Clarence J. Bulliet

 

Prominent Chicago Daily News art critic C. J. Bulliet began a series detailing the histories of local artists on February 23, 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression. While many of the artists he profiled had already deceased those who were still practicing art gained significant noteriety from being featured by so powerful a literary force as Bulliet. His papers were donated by the family and today reside in the Archives of American Art.

 

Due to the harsh economic period Bulliet's promotion was a significant benefit to artists, many of whom earned a living working in the Federal Art Project (FAP), which was a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The FAP was initiated in August  1935, only six months after Bulliet had begun his series. Interestingly, Bulliet ceased his series with No. 106 on September 30, 1939, the same month the FAP was discontinued.

 

There were some gaps in Bulliet's coverage. Up until October 17, 1936 the columns ran regularly, generally weekly, through No. 79. The series ceased for six months then began again on April 10, 1937 with No. 80 and ran mostly weekly until July 10, 1937. The final period began with No. 87 on May 20, 1939. Why there were gaps in the dates of concurrent articles is unknown. On September 30th 1939 he wrote under a headline "Interrupted Again!": Again with the opening of a new art season and the consequent pressing demand for space for current happenings, the series artists of Chicago is interrupted after today as a weekly feature. New studies of our artists will be added from time to time as lulls permit, and the series will be resumed weekly in the late spring and summer. Unfotunatley, the series was never to appear again as promised. 

 

Click on an artist to see their feature from the column   "Artists of Chicago Past and Present" by C. J. Bulliet

 

No.   2  Adam Emory Albright March 2, 1935

No. 49  Anita Venier Alexander January 25, 1936

No. 52  Joseph Allworthy February 15, 1936

No. 76  Tennesse Mitchell Anderson August 15, 1936

No. 78  Anthony Angarola September 26, 1936

No. 66  Rifka Angel May 23, 1936

No. 36  Emil Armin October 26, 1935

No. 88  Florence Arquin May 27, 1939

No. 101 Frances Badger August 26, 1939

No. 77  Martin Baer August 29, 1936

No. 15  Salcia Bahnc June 1, 1935

No. 12  Macena Barton May 11, 1935

No. 69  David Bekker June 20, 1936

No. 103 Roff Beman September 9, 1939

No. 20  Charles Biesel July 6, 1935

No. 97  Kathleen Blackshear July 29, 1939

No. 43  Marie Elsa Blanke February 14, 1935

No. 53  John David Brcin February 22, 1936

No. 74  Fritzi Brod August 1, 1936

No. 30  Edgar Cameron September 14, 1935

No. 102 Edithe Jane Cassady September 2, 1939

No. 50  Richard Chase February 1, 1936

No. 10  Ralph Clarkson April 27, 1935

No. 72  Timothy Cole July 18, 1936

No. 25  Charles Dahlgreen August 10, 1935

No. 22  Gus Dalstrom July 20, 1935

No.   8  Helga Haugan Dean April 13, 1935

No. 17  Katherine Dudley June 15, 1935

No. 58  Frank Dudley March 28, 1936

No. 79  J. Seaverns Erickson October 17, 1936

No. 37  Robert Lee Eskridge November 2, 1935

No. 27  Frances Foy August 24, 1935

No. 94  Gerald Frank July 8, 1939

No. 81  Todros Geller April 24, 1937

No. 33  Eugenie Glaman October 5, 1935

No. 46  J. Jeffery Grant January 4, 1936

No. 62  Frederick M. Grant April 25, 1936

No. 59  Oskar Gross April 4, 1936

No. 96  Oliver Dennett Grover July 22, 1939

No. 47  Carl Hallsthammar January 11, 1936

No. 98  Robert B. Harshe August 5, 1939

No. 73  Lucie Hartrath July 25, 1936

No.   1  G. P. A. Healy February 23, 1935

No. 16  Helen West Heller June 8, 1935

No. 86  Carl Hoeckner July 10, 1937

No. 91  Marguerite Hohenberg June 17, 1939

No. 48  Thorvald Hoyer January 18, 1936

No. 41  Maude Phelps Hutchins January 30, 1935

No. 23  Rudolph Ingerle July 27, 1935

No. 39  Bertha Jaques January 16, 1935

No. 14  Alexander R. Katz May 25, 1935

No. 90  Clay Kelly June 10, 1939

No. 21  Tud Kempf July 13, 1935

No. 38  Carl R. Krafft November 9, 1935

No. 24  Walter Krawiec August 3, 1935

No. 75  Beatrice Levy August 8, 1936

No. 106 Pauline Graff Little September 30, 1939

No. 84  Amy Irwin McCormick May 22, 1937

No. 26  Julius Moessel August 17, 1935

No.   9  Minne Harms Neebe April 20, 1935

No. 13  Lane Newberry May 18, 1935

No. 29  John Nolf September 7, 1935

No. 45  John Norton February 28, 1935

No. 51  Pauline Palmer February 8, 1936

No. 35  Leon Pescheret October 19, 1935

No.   5  Frank Peyraud March 23, 1935

No. 42  Allen Philbrick December 7, 1935

No.   6  Karl Plath March 30, 1935

No. 99  Winnifred Pleiming August 12, 1939

No. 93  Yvonne Pryor July 1, 1939

No. 19  Wellington Reynolds June 29, 1935

No. 95  Esther Ruble Richardson July 15, 1939

No. 31  Romolo Roberti September 21, 1935

No. 100 Frank J. Schmidt August 19, 1939

No. 89  Flora Schofield June 3, 1939

No. 87  Oscar Soellner May 20, 1939

No. 82  Ethel Spears May 1, 1937

No. 56  Sister Mary Stanisia March 14, 1936

No. 32  Antonin Sterba September 28, 1935

No.   4  John Storrs March 16, 1935

No. 57  Frances Strain March 21, 1936

No.   7  Stanislas Szukalski April 6, 1935

No.   3  Lorado Taft March 9, 1935

No. 40  Julia Thecla January 23, 1935

No. 28  Joseph Tomanek August 31, 1935

No. 70  Morris Topchevsky June 27, 1936

No. 54  Paul Trebilcock February 29, 1936

No. 64  Charles Turzak May 9, 1936

No. 60  Leonard Wells Volk April 11, 1936

No. 67  Dudley Crafts Watson June 6, 1936

No. 11  Rudolph Weisenborn May 4, 1935

No. 71  Carl Werntz July 11, 1936

No. 55  Charles Sneed Williams March 7, 1936

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