"Portrait of Walter", by William Merritt Chase
Birth place : Philadelphia PA
Addresses : Studios in NYC & Gloucester,
after WWI; frequent travel; Melrose Park, PA, 1940; Glenside, PA
Studied : Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art with William Merritt Chase
(Cresson Traveling Scholarship in 1908);
Académie Julian, Paris, 1903; Académie Grande Chaumiêre, Paris.
Paris Salon, 1904; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1905-45 (Mary Smith prize, 1909);
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1923 (gold); Art Institute of Chicago, 19 annuals, 1906-38;
Corcoran Galleries biennials, 1907-26 (7 times); National Academy of Design, 10 annuals, 1910-24;
CM, 1914 (solo); NAWA, 1915 (prize); St. Louis City Art Museum, 1918 (six women artists);
Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, 1922 (solo); Salon d'Automne, 1924; Milch Galleries,
NYC, frequently during the 1930s; Art Club, Chicago; 1941;
Woodmere Art Museum 1955 (solo, including Ellis Island series);
David David Art Gallery, Philadelphia 1977 (retrospective), 1978 (solo), 1986 (solo);
National Arts Club, Washington, DC, 1985 (solo)
National Association of Women Artists, Painters, Sculptors, 1914; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (fellow)
Toledo Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Norfolk Society of Arts;
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Milwaukee Art Institute; Little Gallery, Cedar Rapids Iowa;
Art Institute of Chicago; Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tennessee;
Luxembourg Museum, Paris; Detroit Institute of Art; Musee d'Orsay, Paris
A plein-air painter known for her colorful impressionist beach scenes of resorts,
such as Gloucester, Coney Island, Atlantic City, and along the French coast.
In 1922, she painted a series of paintings depicting immigrants as they arrived at Ellis Island.
Achieved international reputation, traveling and painting in France, England, Italy, Holland, Germany, Spain
and North Africa.
Teaching: NY School of Art; Brittany, France.
Sources: Who's Who 1940; 300 Years of American Art, vol. 2: 725;
Tufts, American Women Artists, 1830-1930, cat. no. 58;
Petteys, Dictionary of Women Artists; exhibition catalog, David David (Philadelphia 1985);
Falk, Exh. Record Series.