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 Alberta Kinsey  (1875 - 1952)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/Louisiana      Known for: Courtyard scene, still life painting, buildings

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BIOGRAPHY for Alberta Kinsey
1875 (West Milton, Ohio)
1952 (New Orleans, Louisiana)


Artist Photo © John Ed Bradley

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Courtyard scene, still life painting, buildings

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A painter and illustrator, Alberta Kinsey was an art instructor at the University of Ohio in Lebanon.  She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and was a member of the Cincinnati Women's Art Club.  She then moved to New Orleans, where she worked with Ellsworth Woodward and lived in the French Quarter for more than thirty years.  It is said that she inspired the development of the art colony there.

She is also known for her association with Clementine Hunter, Louisiana's famous folk artist.  According to legend, on one visit to Melrose Plantation, Kinsey left behind her paints and brushes, which Hunter used to paint her first picture of a bouquet of zinnias.

Kinsey was a trained, sophisticated artist, but she often painted directly-stated, semi-primitive paintings of patios, courtyards and historic buildings, perhaps under the influence of modernism.

Kinsey taught at Lebanon University, Lebanon, Ohio, and the Delgado Museum of Art (now the New Orleans Museum of Art).  She belonged to the Cincinnati Art Association, Ohio; New Orleans Arts and Crafts Club; and New Orleans Art Association.  She is represented in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum; New Orleans Museum of Art and Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans.

Alberta Kinsey died in 1952.

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