(1889 - 1964)
Betsy Graves Reyneau was active/lived in New York, New Jersey, Michigan. Betsy Reyneau is known for Portrait painting.
Biography Betsy Reyneau
Betsy Graves Reyneau was born June 6, 1889. Reyneau, who lived in Detroit, MI from 1889 to 1925, studied painting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and with Frank Duveneck in
Cincinnati. Following additional study in Paris and Rome, she returned to Detroit as a portrait painter.
While living in Europe in the 1930s, Reyneau and her daughter opened their home to numerous Jews seeking refuge from the reign of Nazi terror. Upon returning to the United States, she was shocked by the terrible injustices endured by African-Americans. The immense racial tension prompted Reyneau to devote the rest of her life to painting portraits of distinguished Americans of African descent.
In the 1960s, thirty
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Topeka Capital (Sept. 13, 1953); http://hall.michiganwomenshalloffame.org/, accessed Mar. 12, 2009.
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.
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