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 Elmer Stanley Hader  (1889 - 1973)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: illustrator, landscape, portrait

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BIOGRAPHY for Elmer Hader
1889 (Pajaro, California)
1973 (Grand View-on-Hudson, NY?)

New York/California

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Born in Pajaro, CA on Sept. 7, 1889. Hader grew up in San Francisco, survived the earthquake and fire of 1906, and began his art studies there at the Institute of Art. He continued his studies at Académie Julian in Paris (1911-14) where he absorbed the techniques of the Impressionists. Upon returning to San Francisco, he established a studio on Telegraph Hill and devoted himself to serious easel painting. Active in the local art scene, he had several one-man shows in San Francisco and Oakland before being drafted into the army during WWI. After his discharge in 1919, he wed artist Berta Hoerner and settled into a unique home in Grand View-on-Hudson, NY. His illustrations appeared in Century, Good Housekeeping, McCall's, Christian Science Monitor, and other national magazines. Between 1923-42 Hader did not paint but collaborated with his wife on the production of more than 30 children's books. He died in Rockland, NY in September 1973. The subjects of his paintings include portraits, landscapes, figures, still lifes, scenes of France, Brittany, Haiti, the Maine coast, Catskills, and California. Exh: Societé des Artistes Français (Paris), 1914; De Young Museum, 1916; Oakland Art Gallery, 1916; SFAA, 1916-18; Bohemian Club, 1917; NAD, 1920. In: Monterey Peninsula Museum; Bohemian Club; LACMA; Univ. of Oregon Library.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1915-19; Who's Who in American Art 1936-70; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
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Biography from California Art Gallery:
Born in Pajaro, California, Elmer Stanley Hader grew up in San Francisco, California. Hader studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art. Through his
studies and awards, he won free tuition at the Academie Julian in Paris. He spent 2 1/2 years there between 1912-1914.

In late 1914, he returned to San Francisco where he devoted himself to
serious easel painting. He was very active in the art scene with memberships in the San Francisco Art Association and the Bohemian Club.
He married in 1919 and by 1923 he stopped painting to pursue
illustration work and author, with his wife, several children's books. He began painting again in 1942 through 1959. His locations were the Catskills, Maine, and Haiti during this time.

His ability to manipulate color shows the influence of the Post-impressionist's use of complimentary colors to create strong contrasts.

California Art Gallery

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