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ILLINOIS HISTORICAL ART PROJECT
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Adam Emory Albright | 1862 - 1957
Vayase de Agua [Go Fetch Water] | Albright, wife Clara, and sons Ivan and Malvin spent their first winter away in El Valle, Venezuela, a suburb of Caracas. The paintings Albright created there were on view at his studio in Hubbard Woods in the fall of 1918. The Chicago Evening Post reported “With neither art schools nor artists to talk styles, Mr. Albright yielded to the spell of color and the romance of a strange world.”
George Ames Aldrich | 1872 -1941
Old Street - Montreuil Sur Mer, c.1919 [General Haig’s Headquarters in World War I]
Karl Albert Buehr | 1866 - 1952
Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice | Artist Henry Salem Hubbell and Buehr shared the same patron, Lydia Coonley Ward, who financed most of Buehr's travel, including a trip to Italy and Venice, where this work was painted.
Minerva Josephine Chapman |1858-1947
A Studio Corner, inscribed 1898 | Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists, 1898; Champs de Mars, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1899 | Literature: “Art,” Chicago Tribune, 11/20/1898, part 4, p.36; “Art and Artists,” Chicago Evening Post, 4/29/1899
Alson Skinner Clark | 1876 - 1949
Chicago Winter, 1906. Clark was born in Chicago studied at the School of the Art Institute. He was close friends with Chicago artist Lawton Parker, who had come to Chicago to study and later teach. The two spent considerable time together in France, and later after World War II, Clark influenced Parker to move near him in Pasadena, CA.
Charles W. Dahlgreen | 1864 - 1955
The Proposal | In the 1930s Dahlgreen visited Taos, NM on three separate occasions and was a member of the Taos Society of Artists. In his autobiography he stated: “It was a beautiful drive through the canyon, in fact all the way to Taos one comes through most beautiful scenery. I looked up my friends when I got to Taos. There were quite a few there, Walter Ufer, Martin Hennings, Victor Higgins, Leon Gaspard, and many others.”
Louis Frederick Grell | 1887 - 1960
Allegory Rising, 1932. A mural study for the Paramount Pictures Theater designed by Rapp and Rapp Architects to be used in Toldeo, OH.
Frank Russell Green | 1856 - 1940
The Murmurring Sea | Exhibited: National Academy of Design, Winter Exhibition, 1911 | An early Chicago artist, Green later moved to New York. Green studied in Paris with Boulanger, Lefebvre, Collin and Courtois, and during his career received numerous awards, including an honorable mention at the Paris Salon of 1900.
Oliver Dennett Grover | 1860 - 1927
Midsummer [From the Wooded Island] Literature: “Peeps At The Show,” Sunday Chicago Tribune, 10/28/1894; A Critical Triumvirate, Impressions on Impressionism. Being a Discussion of the American Art Exhibit at the Art Institute, Chicago, (Chicago: Central Art Association, Autumn 1894), p.9; Elizabeth Kennedy, Editor, Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004) | Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, Seventh Annual Exhibition of American Paintings, 1894
Jesse Hobby | 1892 - 1977
Gill's Rock, Wisconsin [Door County]
Wilson Henry Irvine | 1869 - 1936
Cool Shadows [The Pool] | Exhibited: Wilson Irvine and the Poetry of Light, Florence Griswold Museum, 1998; Making It in the Midwest: Artists Who Chose to Stay, Indiana State Museum, 2009
Carl Rudolph Krafft | 1884 - 1938
The Lifting Fog | Literature: “Veritable Trip Through Ozarks Afforded Those Who View Paintings,” Springfield Republican (Missouri), 10/28/1915 | Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, The Eighteenth Annual Exhibition of Works by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, 1914; Springfield, Missouri Art Association, Society of Ozark Painters, Auditorium of the Greater Heer store, 1915
Alfred Juergens | 1866 - 1934
Snowballing in Summer, inscribed 1904 | Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, The Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture, 1904 | Juergens kept a sumptuous garden in Oak Park. His interest turned to French impressionism with its lighter palette, away from his early brooding Munich style. In the 1900s he developed a lively American version of Impressionism. A devout man, he saw the world as “G-d's Universe” and in his work, felt he was communing with nature.
Roy C. Keister | 1886 – 1983
Chicago World's Fair, 1933 | A very active member of the Palette & Chisel Club of Chicago - he served as President for a term, Keister spent most of his career as a freelance commercial artist.
Frederic Kimball Mizen | 1888 - 1964
Peace Pipe c.1930 | Mizen was of Swedish descent. His father had been secretary to three Western Army Generals and visited the West during summers, which influenced his son in depicting Western scenes. Several of his portraits of war heroes were illustrated during World War II in the Chicago Tribune.
Arvid Nyholm | 1866 - 1927
My Studio, 1913 | The year this work was produced the artist also received a commission to paint a portrait of art patron Charles S. Peterson (Peterson Prize, Art Institute). December 1913, Nyholm, together with Charles Hallberg, Hugo von Hofsten and Alfred Jansson, exhibited at the W. Scott Thurber Art Galleries in Chicago. That year he also received three portrait commissions from Beloit College.
Lawton Parker | 1868 - 1954
Amaryllis | This mixed media on card stock was also a painting by Parker completed during one of his stays in Giverny. The painting was illustrated in The International Studio, "The Art of Lawton Parker," Vol. LVII, No. 226, December 1915.
Louis Ritman | 1889 - 1963
This work is a finished study for the larger painting Nude in Landscape. With his connection to Chicago, Frederick Frieseke attracted Lawton Parker to Giverny, who in turn then later convinced Ritman to work there.
Pauline A. Dohn | 1866 - 1934
A Picture Book | Dohn ceased painting upon here marriage in 1901 to Chicago industrialist Franklin Rudolph. She had been trained in Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Paris, and won numerous accolades. Also a designer and muralist she completed the mural "Industrial Art," for the Women's Reception Room, in the Illinois Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition. She later painted a mural for the Charles Roberts house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Felix Russmann | 1888 - 1962
Spring Moon, c.1920 | Russmann was a brooding individual, not out-going and very reserved. He worked very slowly, producing only about ten canvases each year. Through Russmann’s first wife he became friendly with the writer Sherwood Anderson. Eventually Russmann was executor of Tennessee Anderson’s estate. He lost his first wife to cancer and was married again, this time to a nurse who was not interested in the life of an artist and removed him from all ties to the art community.
Oscan Daniel Soellner | 1890 - 1952
The Art Class, Grand Detour c.1930 | Chauncy Ryder wrote regarding Soellner’s "A House In Grand Detour" accepted for a National Academy of Design winter annual "Your little picture in the Academy is awfully good and I think is admired by a lot of people. It is hung on the honor wall of the Vanderbilt Gallery, our best room!" According to the Soellner family, the two later became fast friends.
Svend Svendsen | 1864 - 1945
The Brook | Upon learning he won the Young Fortnightly prize in 1895 he said, “I am glad of this, because I need the money. I worked at lithography until the firm failed. Since then I have been out of regular employment.” A critic went on to say, “His picture which was awarded the prize is one of the finest winter scenes ever painted in the west.” An indefatigable worker Svendsen sometimes spent an entire night working into the morning on ideas that captured his interest.
Svend Svendsen (1864 - 1945)
James Topping | 1879 - 1948
Across Bean Blossom Valley
James Topping | 1879 - 1948
Clouds Over Illinois
Alice Kellogg Tyler | 1862 - 1900
French Country House | She traveled with Chicago artists Caroline Wade and Ida Haskell (with whom she shared a studio in Chicago ), on her first trip to Europe to study in Paris. Upon her return she took a studio in the Giles building with Beatrix Wilcox. A critic reviewing the ninth annual Palette Club exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago said, “her work needs no new approbation. To say it is on view is to say it is worth looking at.”
Frank Russell Wadsworth | 1874-1905
Main Road of Long Island | Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists, 1904 | He was the son of Dr. Francis L. Wadsworth and Sarah F. Robinson Wadsworth. His mother became close friends with the wife of William Merritt Chase and his family through their shared travel and Frank’s study. He died in Madrid while there painting with Chase.
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