(1894 - 1972)
Franklin Chenault "Watty" Watkins was active/lived in Pennsylvania. Franklin Watkins is known for portrait, figure, genre and still life painting, commercial art.
Biography Franklin Watkins
Born in New York City, Franklin Watkins, whose nickname was "Watty," was known for a painting style of "dramatic realism", which emerged in the mid 1920s and was "characterized by surging diagonals, expressionistic distortions and despite a brushy facture, insistent wiry outlines." (Baigell, 369)
He spent his boyhood in Philadelphia and took his art training at the Pennsylvania Academy from 1913 to 1918. However, his studies were interrupted due to financial difficulties and World War I in which he enlisted in the Navy with his life-long friend, Arthur B Carles. Watkins had "service as a civilian wartime ship camouflage* artist for the U.S. Shipping Board in Philadelphia." (Behrens)
He then spent five years as a commercial art
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