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 Adam Emory Albright  (1862 - 1957)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/California/Wisconsin      Known for: genre-child, portrait, and still-life painting

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1862 (Monroe, Wisconsin)
 
Death
1957 (Warrenville, Illinois)

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Illinois/California/Wisconsin

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Monroe, Wisconsin, Adam Albright was one of the first students at the newly established Art Institute of Chicago from 1881 to 1883 and went on to become a noted landscape, still life, and figure painter, especially of country children.  Likely some of his earliest work was done in Kansas because he was a graduate of Kansas University.

His style was Impressionism mixed with Realism, and strongly opposing the Modernism of the early 20th century, he said: "They give you boiled squash with a mule's foot on it and call that art." (Richter 24)

At the Chicago Art Institute, he was a student of Henry Fenton Spread and John Vanderpoel. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1883 to 1886 with Thomas Eakins, and in Paris with Benjamin Constant and also in Munich.  He established his studio in Chicago in 1888 and became President of the Chicago Watercolor Club and was a member of the Chicago Academy of Design.

Apparently early in his career, he chose his subject of juvenile subjects for which he became famous, and after the Columbian Exposition when he was exposed to Impressionism, his work became more colorful and sun filled.  From 1908, he spent many summers at the art colony of Brown County, Indiana, and from 1917 frequently spent winters in Arizona where he painted desert landscapes and figures.  He was a teacher at the Albright Atelier, in Lamar, Missouri and also lived in Winnetka and Warrenville, Illinois.

About him, William Gerdts wrote: "No other Chicago artist's work was so widely exhibited at the Art Institute; . . . A constant flow of articles appeared about the artist and his work, all praising his innate sympathy with childhood and with the rural environment and referring to him as the 'James Whitcomb Riley of the Brush.' " (Art Across America, Vol 2).

Sources include:
The Friedman Collection: Artists of Chicago, Spanierman Gallery LLC
Doris Dawdy, Artists of the American West
Marianne Richter and Wendy Greenhouse, Union League Club of Chicago Art Collection
William Gerdts, Art Across America Vol. 2
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Chicago Exposition, 1893.
Memberships:
Society of Western Artists; Fellowship of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Chicago Society of Artists; Chicago Water Color Club; Chicago Academy of Design; American Water Color Society; American Federations of Arts; Chicago Art Club; Salmagundi Club; New York Water Color Club.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Monroe, Wisconsin on August 15, 1862, Adam Albright, after studying at the Pennsylvania Academy and the Art Institute of Chicago, spent his remaining career in Illinois. He began as a landscape painter but later specialized in children at play.

He exhibited in the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915 and after 1917 often spent winters in southern California.

He died in Warrenville, Illinois on September 14, 1957.

Association:
Laguna Beach Art Association; Salmagundi Club.

Collections:
Chicago Public Library;
Orange County (CA) Museum;
Toledo, Ohio Museum.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); American Art Annual 1898-1933; Who's Who in American Art 1936-56.
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.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Monroe, WI, Aug. 15, 1862; died Sept. 13, 1957. Painter, spec. children. Graduate of University of Kansas, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1881-83, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1883-1886, in Munich, & Paris from 1887-1888. Began as a landscape painter but later specialized in painting children at play against landscape backgrounds. Beginning about 1917, he did his painting during the winter months in Arizona, Southern California, and South America. Called the “James Whicomb Riley of the Brush” for his depictions of child life. Author of For Art’s Sake (1953).
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COLLECTIONS:
St. Louis Art Museum; Toledo Art Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; Topeka Public Library; State Museum in Springfield, IL; State Library in Topeka; Laguna Beach Art Association; Cedar Rapids Public Library

MEMBERSHIPS:
Society of Western Artists; Fellowship of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Chicago Society of Artists; Chicago Water Color Club; Chicago Academy of Design; American Water Color Society; American Federations of Arts; Chicago Art Club; Salmagundi Club; New York Water Color Club.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951), Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); Fielding, Mantle. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, with an Addendum containing Corrections and Additional Material on the Original Entries. Compiled by James F. Carr. New York: James F. Carr Publ., 1965.; Dawdy 3: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 3. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1985.; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 01, 12, 18, 20, 24, 26, 27; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 (Obit); NMAA files; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585., Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Brush and Pencil (April 1903)
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Galleries Maurice Sternberg:
Born in Monroe, Wisconsin, Adam Albright was one of the first students at the newly established Art Institute of Chicago.  He studied there from 1881 to 1883.  Albright also attended Kansas University and some of his early work was likely done in Kansas.  He went on to become a noted landscape, still life, and figure painter.

About Albright, William Gerdts wrote, "No other Chicago artist's work was so widely exhibited at the Art Institute; . . . A constant flow of articles appeared about the artist and his work, all praising his innate sympathy with childhood and with the rural environment and referring to him as the 'James Whitcomb Riley of the Brush.' " (Art Across America, Vol 2).

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Adam Emory Albright (from an exhibition catalog of September of 1920 at the Butler Art Institute):

Adam Emory Albright was born in Madison, Wisconsin August 15, 1862.  He studied in the school of the Art Institute, Chicago; at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; in Munich and in Paris.

Member : New York Watercolor Club, American Watercolor Society and Salmagundi Club, New York; Chicago Society of Artists (president 1915); Chcago Watercolor Club (ex-president) ; fellowship Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Alumni Association of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Academy of Design; American Federation of Arts, Washington, D.C.

Awards: Grower Prize, Art Institute, Chicago, 1907 and 1914; Cahn Prize, Art Institute, Chicago 1908.

Represented in City Art Museum, St. Louis; Museum of Art, Toledo; Public library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Library, Topeka, Kansas; Municipal Art League, Chicago.

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