Born in Bathgate, ND on July 31, 1898. At age two Gaethke moved with his family to Butte, MT where he spent his early years. He attended the University of Montana and University of Washington in Seattle before settling in San Francisco in 1924. Upon choosing an art career, he studied at the AIC, continued his art studies with Rudolph Schaeffer in color and design, and at the CSFA. He assisted Maxine Albro on her Coit Tower mural (1934) and did lithographic work for the WPA. Gaethke worked as an engineer and draftsman at Kaiser and Bechtel shipyards during WWII. In 1967 he moved across the bay to Mill Valley where he remained until his death on Aug. 28, 1982. His love of birds and animals is evident in his artworks. Member: SFAA; Ca
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
SF Chronicle, 3-10-1940; Interview with the artist or his/her family.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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