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George Frederic Earle

 (1913 - 2010)
George Frederic Earle was active/lived in New York, Massachusetts.  George Earle is known for landscape and militray scene painting, teaching landscape architecture.

George Frederic Earle

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George F. Earle (1913 - 2010)
George Earle was born in New Bedford, Mass. in 1913 and demonstrated an early interest in art. He attended the Swain School of Art in New Bedford and Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where he won awards as a child. He went on to receive a B.F.A. at Syracuse University in 1937 and an M.F.A. at Yale in 1946.
In 1937, he was awarded a Tiffany Foundation Fellowship and in 1937-38 spent a year painting in Mexico. There he painted briefly under Diego Rivera's casual teaching, but mostly he painted on his own. Earle was subsequently apprenticed to Ezra Winter for the Library of Congress murals - the Canterbury Tales - and was later a W.P.A. "easel painter" out of the New Haven, Conn. office.
This early career was interrupted by four years of military service in World War II, with the "Ski Troops" - the 87th Mountain Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division. He volunteered the day after Pearl Harbor in 1941 as a private, saw action in both the Aleutian Islands and Italy, and retired from the Army Reserve as Lt. Colonel in 1963.   Throughout the war he painted, carrying a pad of paper and oils with him onto the battlefield and passing quiet periods sketching the surrounding scenes. Over 60 of these wartime paintings are now in the 10th Mountain Division Museum at the Denver Public Library in Denver, CO.
After World War II, he returned to Syracuse University to teach at the School of Architecture. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he coached SU's ski team, building on his skiing experience during the war. When he left SU in 1952, the ski program was the second largest in the country.
During his time in Syracuse, he painted several murals: among them those at Sylvan Beach, the Villa Restaurant, the Eastwood Sports Center, and at his home in Lafayette, NY.
In 1952 Prof. Earle was invited by Prof. George Albrecht, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the NYS College of Forestry at Syracuse, to join his department as Assistant Professor of Art. As Professor of Art, Art History and Design, Prof. Earle taught both lecture and studio courses at the School of Landscape Architecture for more than thirty years. In 1970 he established the Off-Campus Studies Program and led several overseas semesters around the world. He retired as a full professor in 1984.
After retiring, Prof. Earle continued to paint and to have shows of his work throughout Central New York, including a retrospective at the Delavan Art Gallery in Syracuse, NY in 2009. For his contribution to the School of Landscape Architecture programs and particularly the Off-Campus Program, he is recognized with a lecture named in his honor, the George F. Earle Lecture, and by the George F. Earle Off-Campus Student Scholarship.  

George Earle died at 96 years in July 2010.  
The Mexican Muralism Movement influenced George Earle's early painting. Later in his career he painted largely in the realist style; he is best known for his blending of realism with an impressionst-style mixing of color on the canvas, resulting in work that has both a realistic and modern feel, and for his ability to capture the look and feel of water. Initially working largely in oils, watercolors and occasionally egg tempera, he later made extensive use of acrylics as they became available. 
Aside from his war sketches at the Denver Public Library, mentioned above, several W.P.A. period paintings owned by the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, and portraits of the college's past deans located at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Earle's paintings are owned largely by family and friends.  
His publications include History of the 87th Mountain Infantry, Italy 1945 (published by the United States Army, 1945), Design and Aesthetics in Wood (written with Eric A. Anderson and published by the State University of New York in 1977), A Road Less Traveled:  Mexico 1937 - 1938, (published privately in 2000) and two articles, "Painting with the 10th Mountain" and "Birth of a Division" published in Alaska at War 1941 - 1945:  The Forgotten War Remembered, pages 53 and 103, respectively (edited by Fern Chandonnet and published by the University of Alaska Press, 2007).

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About  George Frederic Earle

Born:  1913 - New Bedford, Massachusetts
Died:   2010 - LaFayette, New York
Known for:  landscape and militray scene painting, teaching landscape architecture