Georgina Kitgaard (1893-1976) American
Georgina Klitgaard, born in Spuyten Duyvil, New York in 1893, was a very successful painter, muralist and etcher who was friendly with artists Julian Bloch, George Biddle and Eugene Speicher. She studied at the National Academy of Design and Barnard College in New York City.
Klitgaard’s work has a subtle folk art primitivism combining with expressiveness full of personal symbolism. In her tiny snowy landscape “Bearsville School, New York,” only 8 by 10 inches, children play underneath a scraggly tree with the white schoolhouse seemingly startled behind it. The sky is very mystical, which could lead the viewer to believe they are not dealing with your average realist.
Klitgaard won awards from Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Pan American Exposition; and San Francisco Art Association, among others. She also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1933.
She exhibited year after year at Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, and others. She painted Depression-era Works Projects Administration murals in post offices in Pelham, Georgia, and in New York in Goshen and Poughkeepsie, the latter a difficult, elongated composition of the town and Hudson River in 1840, based on a Barber and Howe woodcut.
Klitgard was a member of the Audubon Artists and American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Wood Gallery of Art, Montpelier, Vermont; Dayton Art Institute, Art Institute of Chicago and Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.
Georgina Klitgaard died in 1976.
From Jules and Nancy Heller, “North American Women Artists of the 20th Century”
Artist Profile Page: Klitgaard, Georgina / Categories: Folk Art, Landscape
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John Potter Wheat (1920-1980) American
John Potter Wheat studied at the Art Students League at the Yale School of Fine Arts. He graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree.
His work under went through changes over the course of his life. He began painting in water color at the beginning of his career, and later painted in oil. When acrylic paint became available, he painted in this medium almost exclusively. He was also known for his lithographs. During World War II, he was a Corporal in the U.S. Army and worked for the Department of Strategic Services.
Wheat was known for his landscapes although he did paint portraits or figures infrequently. He went through a realistic period where he painted a great many barns, New England scenes and churches. Later he began using the palette knife and painting in a realistic/surrealistic manner. He painted murals throughout his life- for the OSS in WWII and murals relating historical events. South Central bank in Keokuk, Iowa has a huge mural by Wheat depicting the city’s role in the westward expansion of the country. He also painted numerous murals depicting historical events for movie theaters and other venues. He very meticulous in his depictions of dress, equipment, etc. in his paintings, murals because he wanted to be absolutely true to the historical time.
In 1968, he was commissioned by the army to paint the Vietnam War. He was the official combat artist in Vietnam for the Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the army. He was in Vietnam from November 16th, 1968 until December, 16th, 1968. Twelve major paintings and 160 drawings were accepted by the U.S Army Historical Collection on January 1st, 1970.
His works are owned by the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT, The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Mass., and The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Doubtless, other Museums also own his art as he was a prolific artist and well regarded by his peers.
Artist Profile Page: Wheat, John Potter / Categories: Folk Art, Landscape
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