EDWIN ROSCOE SHRADER
American / California (La Canada CA) 1878-1960
Oil on Canvas
Housed in a 22K giltwood frame
Illustrations: Harper & Bros. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Stern & Co., and Duffield & Co.
A quite rare offering by early California painter, teacher and illustrator, Edwin Roscoe Shrader, "Vine-Covered Cottage" is
among the best of the works I have viewed by this painter. Shrader studied at the Art Institute of Chicago prior to gaining
a scholarship with well-known illustrator Howard Pyle. Under Pyle's tutorage, he became a very accomplished illustrator of
books and magazines. Shrader was a member of the New Hope (Pennsylvania) school of painters from 1914-17, exhibiting
at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1913 and 1916. In 1917, he returned to California and joined the staff of the Otis
Art Institute, of which he was dean at his retirement in 1948. His paintings and illustrations usually depict people, their activities,
and historical Indian subjects. His work can be seen in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
"Vine-Covered Cottage" could have been executed during his 1914-17 New Hope residence, as it depicts a scene more
characteristic of Pennsylvania than of California. This painting is outstanding in every respect. The simple facade of a white
house and portico at mid-summer is transformed into luminous pure color and energy, with bold diagonal strokes and strategically-
placed color dabs. The brushwork uses its own texture and incised lines to delineate the trellises, the chimney, and even the
violet shadows of the portico, allowing the canvas beneath to contribute to the form. The spontaneous and direct nature of
each stroke - put down and left alone - allows the eye to sense it is watching the actual execution.
Birth place: Quincy, IL
Death place: La Canada, CA
Addresses: Claymont, DE; New Hope, PA; La Canada, CA
Profession: Painter, illustrator, teacher
Studied: Art Institute of Chicago, 1902-04; with Howard Pyle, 1904 (scholarship), Wilmington
Exhibited: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1913, 1916; California Arts Club, 1930 (prize).
Member: California Arts Club; Wilmington Society of Fine Art; Los Angeles Friends of Art;
Pasadena Art Association; Southwestern Archaeological Federation
Work: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hollywood High School
Comments: Active in Wilmington, DE, 1904-14; New Hope, PA colony 1914-17. Illustrator for magazines
and books, including Harper and Bros. Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Stern and Co., and Duffield and Co..
Moved to California where he was known as a painter and also director of Otis Art Institute.
Shrader was also a cellist. Position: teacher, Otis Art Institute, 1917-48. Specialty: historical Indian subjects,
people and their activities.
Shrader's work is rarely offered for sale.
Sources: Who's Who 1940; Hughes, Artists in California, 513; P&H Samuels, 441; Falk, Exhibition Record Series.
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