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 Maren Margrethe Froelich  (1868 - 1921)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: floral still life, landscape, figure

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BIOGRAPHY for Maren Froelich
1868 (Fresno, California)
1921 (San Francisco, California)


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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Maren Margrethe Froelich was born in Fresno, CA of Danish parents on June 28, 1868.  Froelich studied art in San Francisco in the studio of William Keith and at the School of Design under Virgil Williams, Emil Carlsen, Amédée Joullin, and Arthur Mathews.  While at that school, her paintings were awarded two gold medals.  During 1907-11 she further studied in Paris with Theodore Steinlen, Richard Miller, and at Académie Castelluccio.  During her Parisian stay, she switched from the low key of previous work to the brighter palette of Impressionism. 

She lived in San Francisco most of her adult life and taught at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute (1902-03).  Active with the Carmel art colony, she often painted and exhibited there.  She was active in San Francisco until her death on June 27, 1921.  Froelich is best known for her figure studies, floral still lifes, and landscapes. 

Exh:  Calif. State Fair, 1890-1900; San Francisco Art Association, 1898-92; Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1893; World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893; Calif. Midwinter Expo, 1894 (silver medal); Bohemian Club, 1898, 1899; Palace Hotel (SF), 1905; Mark Hopkins Inst., April 1906; Paris Salon des Artistes, 1910; Sequoia Club (SF), 1911 (solo); Steckel Gallery (LA), 1913; Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, 1915; Schussler Gallery (SF), 1915 (solo). 

Works held in public places:  Oakland Museum; Bohemian Club.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Ber; SF Newsletter, Christmas, 1894; AAA 1903-17; Fifteen & Fifty; KOV; Census; CSL; AAW; Death Record; SF Chronicle, 6-28-1921 (obit).
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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