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 Robert Leicester Wagner  (1872 - 1942)

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Lived/Active: California/Michigan      Known for: portrait, genre, figure, illustrator

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BIOGRAPHY for Robert Wagner
1872 (Detroit, Michigan)
1942 (Santa Barbara, California)


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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Portrait painter, illustrator. Born in Detroit, Ml on Aug. 2, 1872. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Wagner worked as an illustrator for the Detroit Free Press for three years. He then was art an editor for Encyclopedia Britannica in London (1900-02) and worked as an illustrator in New York prior to studying in Paris at Academies Julian and Delecluse. During 1904 he painted portraits in Detroit. Upon moving to southern California in 1906, he lived in Santa Barbara until 1910 before settling in Los Angeles. Wagner taught at Manual Arts High School when not fulfilling portrait commissions. As a writer he contributed to Saturday Evening Post and Collier's and later wrote for Paramount Studios. He died of a heart attack while visiting Santa Barbara on July 20, 1942. Exh: Steckel Gallery (LA), 1907; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (silver medal); PPIE, 1915 (bronze medal); SFAA, 1916; Calif. Art Club, 1917. In: Bohemian Club. West Coast Magazine, May 1913; AAA 1919-33; FId; AAW; SCA; WWAA 1936-41; WWC 1942; Art Digest, Aug. 1942 & NY Times, 7-21-1942 (obits).
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