(1893 - 1975)
Loren Roberta Barton was active/lived in California, Massachusetts. Loren Barton is known for town-landscape, portrait and genre painting, etching.
Born in Oxford, MA on Nov. 16, 1893 in the home of her great-aunt Clara
Barton, founder of the Red Cross. Loren came to Los Angeles with
her family as a child and received her art training at USC and the ASL
of Los Angeles under William Lees Judson and Rex Slinkard.
While in Europe in 1929, she met Perez Babcock whom she married.
The couple lived in Rome until 1937 and then returned to Los Angeles
where she taught at the Chouinard School of Art. She illustrated
the books, Spanish Alta California
Her last years were spent in Pomona as Mrs. Russell Miller.
She died in Claremont, CA on May 27, 1975.
The subjects of her paintings and prints include depictions of
California during the Spanish rule, San Pedro's wharves, Chinatown
genre, adobes, portraits, and scenes from her travels.
National Association of Women Painters & Sculptors; Fellow of the
Royal Society of Arts (London); California Society of PM; Brooklyn
Society of Etchers; Chicago North Shore Art Association; Print Society
of English Clubs; Pen and Brush Club of NY; AFA; Chicago Society of
Etchers; American WC Society.
LACMA, 1920 (with Mable Alvarez and Paul Lauritz), 1923, 1926,
1928, 1941 (solos); Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1923; California State Fairs
(awards); California Art Club, 1921-28; Arizona State Fair, 1920s
(awards); California WC Society, 1924-51; Ainslee Gallery (NYC), 1924;
Cannell & Chaffin Gallery (LA), 1925; Ebell Club (LA), 1927; Calif.
Society of Etchers, 1928; Hollywood Woman's Club, 1928; LA County Fair,
1937; Nicholson Gallery (Pasadena), 1938; GGIE, 1939; Santa Barbara
Museum, 1944. In: Gardena (CA) High School; AIC; MM; NMAA; Brooklyn
Museum; CSL; LACMA; Phoenix (AZ) Municipal Collection; Pomona College
(portraits); Nat'l Library of France; LA Public Library; NY Public
Library; San Diego Museum; Wesleyan College; Virginia Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs
(Bénézit, E); American Art Annual
1921-33; Who's Who in California
1928, 1942; Los Angeles Times, 5-20-1923 & 11-30-1930; Who's Who in American Art
1936-62; So. Calif. Artists 1890-1940; Artists of the American West
(Samuels); Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy).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
Loren Barton, an artist known first for etching*, book
illustrations, and later her paintings in both oil and watercolors, was
born in Oxford, Massachusetts and raised in Los Angeles,
California. She attended art school at the University of Southern
California and the Art Students League in Los Angeles. For many
years, she was a teacher at the Chouinard Art Institute*.
Barton was a great-niece of Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross.
Barton's frequent travels to the East Coast and Europe can be noted in
her artwork. Her subjects include portraits, still-lifes and landscapes
from scenes and people in Europe, Mexico and many regions of the United
States including Arizona where she exhibited at the Art Exchange in
In 1930 Loren married Perez Babcock in Italy, and for the
next seven years she traveled regularly between Italy and New
York. In 1937 she returned to Los Angeles and later taught at the
Chouinard School of Art from 1941-1947. In 1951 she married
Jervis Russell Miller.
Achieving success early in her career,
Loren Barton exhibited regularly from 1920-1950s. In 1933 she was
commissioned by the White House to do paintings of the gowns of the
Her work can be found in the collections of the New York Public
Library, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
and the National Library of France.
An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
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