(1867 - 1933)
William Barr was active/lived in California, Kansas / United Kingdom, Scotland. William Barr is known for landscape, still life paintings, illustrations.
Artist. Worked with Hodges & Barr located at 8 1/2 W. 9th, Kansas City.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Kansas State Gazetteer and Business Directory. Detroit: R.L. Polk & Co. (v.1= 1878-9 v.5= 1886 v.9= 1900) (v.2= 1880 v.6= 1888-89 v.10= 1904) (v.3= 1882-83 v.7= 1891 v.11= 1908) (v.4= 1884-85 v.8= 1894 v.12= 1912) 1891
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Painter. Born in Glasgow, Scotland on April 26, 1867. Barr began his art career as a student at the Glasgow School of Art (1895-98) followed by work at South Kensington (London) and Académie Julian in Paris (1904). He then taught at the Paisley School of Art in Scotland for 10 years.
After earning a reputation in his native land, he first visited California in 1912 and, after joining the throngs who came to San Francisco for the PPIE in 1915, decided to remain. Working from a studio in his home at 311 Lyon Street, he painted romantic and historical interpretations of California including genre scenes, figure studies, and landscapes as well as many portraits of prominent local citizens.
Having studied the Old Masters, he carried their spirit into his work. Barr died in San Francisco on Feb. 25, 1933.
Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1918-19; Fairmont Hotel, 1930; Calif. State Fair, 1930; City of Paris (SF), 1939 (solo).
In: SF's Palace Hotel (portrait, President Hoover); CHS; SF Parks Commission (portrait of John McOlaren); SF Union League Club (portrait of John McNab); SF City Hall (portrait of Thomas Boyle); City of Paisley collection. AAA 1919-33; Sam; Ben; AAW; WWC 1928; SF Chronicle, 3-5-1933 (obit).
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