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Ida Bolles

 (1861 - 1949)
Ida Iserman Randall Bolles was active/lived in Colorado, California, Kansas.  Ida Bolles is known for western landscape, portrait and marine painting.

Ida Bolles

Biography from the Archives of askART

Born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, landscape painter Ida Bolles began studying art at the age of 18 when she lived in Washington DC where she attended the Corcoran Art School and the Art Students League. She continued her studies in Cincinnati with George Hopkins and Frank Duveneck, and she also took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago with Bertha Perry and in Washington with Rhoda Holmes Nicholls.

In 1897, she went to Denver because of her husband's health, and in 1919, having been widowed, she married Dr. Newton Bolles, and they settled in Laguna Beach, California. She began painting earnestly in the West, and in 1900, she first visited Taos, New Mexico and hired a driver and traveled into the surrounding countryside, then totally unsettled by easterners.

In 1918, she spent a year with her husband in Arizona. She and her sister, Helen Hodge of Topeka, Kansas, went on many sketching trips together from Colorado to California.

She exhibited both with the Denver Art Association and the Laguna Art Associations.

"An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick

Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Lawrence, KS on March 14, 1861.  At 18 Ida married Thomas G. Randall.  She studied at the CGA, AIC, ASL in NYC, and with Frank Duveneck in Cincinnati. Due to her husband's health she moved to Denver in 1897.

Widowed, she married Dr. Newton Bolles and in 1919 settled with him in Laguna Beach, CA where she further studied with Anna Hills. Mrs. Bolles often lectured at women's clubs.

She died in Los Angeles on May 1, 1949.  She was the sister of artist Helen Hodge.

Her work includes portraits, seascapes, and landscapes of the area around Laguna and the desert near Palm Springs.

Exh: Denver Artists Club, 1897-99; So. Calif. Orange Ass'n, 1923 (prize); Laguna Beach AA, 1924-30; Gardena (CA) High School, 1933. In: Orange County (CA) Museum.

Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1925-33; Women Artists of the American West; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Western Woman, Dec. 1939; Death record; Los Angeles Times, 5-2-1949 (obituary).

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Biography from the Archives of askART
Born Lawrence, Mar. 11, 1861; died Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 1949. Painter, specialized in marine and western scenes. Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League of Washington, DC and the Corcoran Art School. Pupil of George C. Hopkins and Frank Duveneck. Moved to Denver, CO in 1897 and Laguna Beach, CA in 1919. Sister of Helen Iserman Hodge.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Topeka Cap & Topeka J (Topeka Capital, Topeka J (aka Topeka J) newspapers—usually reports of the Kansas Artists Exhibition 1st= Topeka Cap Nov. 11, 1925 9th= Topeka J Nov. 11, 1933 2nd= Topeka Cap Nov. 10, 1926 10th= Topeka J Nov. 10, 1934 3rd= Topeka J Nov. 19, 1927 11th= Topeka J Jan. 7, 1936 4th= Topeka J Nov. 3, 1928 12th= Topeka J Nov. 11 & 14, 1936 5th= Topeka J Nov. 2, 1929 14th= Topeka J Jan. 22, 1938 6th= Topeka J Oct. 18 & Nov. 1, 1930 15th= Topeka J Mar. 10, 1939 7th= Topeka J Oct. 24, 1931 16th= Topeka J Feb. 2 & 10, 1940 8th= Topeka J Oct. 22, 1932 17th= Topeka J Mar. 8 & 17, 1941). (1929); American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 20, 22, 24, 26; Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Kovincik; AskArt, accessed July 20, 2006

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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About  Ida Bolles

Born:  1861 - Lawrence, Kansas
Died:   1949 - Los Angeles, California
Known for:  western landscape, portrait and marine painting