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 Florence Upson Young  (1872 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: California/Iowa      Known for: landscape, missions, still life

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BIOGRAPHY for Florence Young
1872 (Fort Dodge, Iowa)
1974 (San Gabriel, California)


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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, from "Who Was Who in American Art" by Peter Falk, is submitted by Cornelia C Moynihan:


"A striking likeness to Edgar Payne's images of the southern California mountains, as well as several other master California plein air painters like William Wendt, Maurice Braun, Selden Gile, Franz Bischoff, John Gamble, Percy Gray, the Wachtels, Hanson Puthuff, Sam Hyde Harris, and more."

Birth place: Fort Dodge, IA 1872 (from Petteys)
Death place: Alhambra, CA 1974
Addresses: Iowa; Pasadena & Alhambra, CA from 1932
Profession: Painter, engraver, teacher
Studied: Chicago - AIC, with John Vanderpoel; NYC - ASL, with Kenyon Cox,
Carol Beckwith, Frank DuMond, William M. Chase, Wilbur Reaser, Nicolai Fechin

Exhibited: local clubs and galleries; Yonkers, Des Moines; J.W. Robinson Co.; Sketch Show, San Gabriel Artists Guild; GGE, 1939; LACMA; Los Angeles Pub. Lib.; Ebell Club; Friday Morning Club; City Hall, Los Angeles; Greek Theatre; San Diego, Santa Paula, CA. Awards: Palos Verde Library, 1938 (first prize); California State Building, Expo Park, Los Angeles, 1938 (first prize); LACMA, 1943 (prizes); Greek Theatre, 1955; Artists of the Southwest, 1951.

Member: Women Painters of the West; Soc. for Sanity in Art.

Work: Orange County Museum, Ca., Pomona College, Ca., Iowa Museum

Comments: Ness & Orwig quote a Los Angeles paper, writing of Young: "Art for art's sake and labor for humanity's sake might well be given as the deepest motives underlying her service in the field of art." Contributor to Widening Horizons in Creative Art.

Sources include: WW59; WW47; Ness & Orwig, Iowa Artists of the First Hundred Years, 228-29; Petteys, Dictionary of Women Artists.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Fort Dodge, IA on Nov. 6, 1872. Young studied at the AIC with John Vanderpoel and the ASL in NYC under Kenyon Cox, Beckwith, Frank V. Dumond, and William M. Chase. After one year in Holland, she had a studio in Chicago for seven years. In 1923 she settled in Alhambra, CA where she established the Friendly Arts Club. She was a contributor to Widening Horizons in Creative Art before her death in San Gabriel, CA on Feb. 10, 1974. Her oeuvre includes desert and Sierra landscapes, missions, Chinatown genre, and scenes from her European travels. Member: Society for Sanity in Art; Theosophical Society of So. Calif. Exh: Women Painters of the West, 1930-38; Palos Verde Library, 1938; Calif. State Bldg, Exposition Park, 1938 (1st prize); GGIE, 1939; Ebell Club (LA); LACMA, 1943 (award); CPLH, 1946; County Fair (LA), 1954; Greek Theatre (LA), 1955 (award). In: Orange County (CA) Museum; Pomona College; Iowa Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Ferdinand Perret Files; Death record; Women Artists of the American West; Who's Who in American Art 1940-62; Who's Who on the Pacific Coast 1947; Alhambra Post Advocate (obituary).
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