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 Loren Roberta Barton  (1893 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: California/Massachusetts      Known for: town-landscape, portrait and genre painting, etching

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BIOGRAPHY for Loren Barton
1893 (Oxford, Massachusetts)
1975 (Claremont, California)


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Born in Oxford, MA on Nov. 16, 1893 in the home of her great-aunt Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross.  Loren came to Los Angeles with her family as a child and received her art training at USC and the ASL of Los Angeles under William Lees Judson and Rex Slinkard.

While in Europe in 1929, she met Perez Babcock whom she married.  The couple lived in Rome until 1937 and then returned to Los Angeles where she taught at the Chouinard School of Art.  She illustrated the books, Spanish Alta California and California in 1938.

Her last years were spent in Pomona as Mrs. Russell Miller.

She died in Claremont, CA on May 27, 1975.

The subjects of her paintings and prints include depictions of California during the Spanish rule, San Pedro's wharves, Chinatown genre, adobes, portraits, and scenes from her travels.

National Association of Women Painters & Sculptors; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London); California Society of PM; Brooklyn Society of Etchers; Chicago North Shore Art Association; Print Society of English Clubs; Pen and Brush Club of NY; AFA; Chicago Society of Etchers; American WC Society.

 LACMA, 1920 (with Mable Alvarez and Paul Lauritz), 1923, 1926, 1928, 1941 (solos); Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1923; California State Fairs (awards); California Art Club, 1921-28; Arizona State Fair, 1920s (awards); California WC Society, 1924-51; Ainslee Gallery (NYC), 1924; Cannell & Chaffin Gallery (LA), 1925; Ebell Club (LA), 1927; Calif. Society of Etchers, 1928; Hollywood Woman's Club, 1928; LA County Fair, 1937; Nicholson Gallery (Pasadena), 1938; GGIE, 1939; Santa Barbara Museum, 1944. In: Gardena (CA) High School; AIC; MM; NMAA; Brooklyn Museum; CSL; LACMA; Phoenix (AZ) Municipal Collection; Pomona College (portraits); Nat'l Library of France; LA Public Library; NY Public Library; San Diego Museum; Wesleyan College; Virginia Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs (Bénézit, E); American Art Annual 1921-33; Who's Who in California 1928, 1942; Los Angeles Times, 5-20-1923 & 11-30-1930; Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; So. Calif. Artists 1890-1940; Artists of the American West (Samuels); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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Loren Barton, an artist known first for etching*, book illustrations, and later her paintings in both oil and watercolors, was born in Oxford, Massachusetts and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She attended art school at the University of Southern California and the Art Students League in Los Angeles.  For many years, she was a teacher at the Chouinard Art Institute*.

Barton was a great-niece of Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross.

Ms. Barton's frequent travels to the East Coast and Europe can be noted in her artwork. Her subjects include portraits, still-lifes and landscapes from scenes and people in Europe, Mexico and many regions of the United States including Arizona where she exhibited at the Art Exchange in 1922.

In 1930 Loren married Perez Babcock in Italy, and for the next seven years she traveled regularly between Italy and New York.  In 1937 she returned to Los Angeles and later taught at the Chouinard School of Art from 1941-1947.  In 1951 she married Jervis Russell Miller.

Achieving success early in her career, Loren Barton exhibited regularly from 1920-1950s.  In 1933 she was commissioned by the White House to do paintings of the gowns of the First Ladies.

Her work can be found in the collections of the New York Public Library, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Library of France.

An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

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