(1878 - 1924)
William Vincent Cahill was active/lived in California, New York, Kansas, Illinois. William Cahill is known for figure, sea-landscape and genre painting, educator.
William Cahill was known for his artwork and his involvement in the School for Illustration and Painting in Los Angeles.
in Syracuse, New York in 1878, Cahill began his studies of art at the
Art Students League in New York, learning from Howard Pyle and Birge
Harrison. He then went on to study in Boston, Massachusetts with
Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson. Out of his academic background
Cahill developed a style based on Impressionism, and his work includes
landscapes and figure studies.
Cahill shared a studio in
Boston with John Hubbard Rich and also maintained a studio in
Woodstock, New York. In 1914 Cahill and Rich moved to Los Angeles
where they founded the School for Illustration and Painting. They
sold the school to J. Francis Smith in 1917. Cahill was an active
professor in Southern California where he taught at various studios in
Laguna Beach, Pasadena and Hollywood.
In 1915 he exhibited one
painting at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San
Francisco. He had a solo exhibition in 1917 at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art, and also exhibited in 1919 at the Phoenix
Exhibition, where he won a first prize. He exhibited frequently
with the California Art Club. For one school year he taught
drawing and painting at the University of Kansas, but soon returned to
Cahill and his wife, Katharine moved to San
Francisco in 1920 where he worked as a commercial artist for two years
and showed his paintings with the San Francisco Art Association. He
spent his last two years in Chicago, Illinois where he died of a heart
attack in 1924.
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Born in Syracuse, New York on April 8, 1878, William Cahill
studied at the Art Students League in New York City under Birge
Harrison and Howard Pyle, and in Boston under Tarbell and Benson.
In the early years of his career he had a studio in Woodstock, New
York, and one in Boston which he shared with John Hubbard Rich.
In 1914 he and Rich moved to Los Angeles where they established the
School for Illustration & Painting. (By 1917 they had sold the
school to J. Francis Smith.)
While in southern California, Cahill taught at his studios in Pasadena,
Laguna Beach, and Hollywood. He taught drawing and painting at
the University of Kansas during 1918, but by summer of 1919 he was back
in his studio in Laguna Beach. In 1920 he and wife, Katharine,
moved to San Francisco where he worked as a commercial artist for two
His last two years were spent in Chicago where he died of a heart
attack on Aug. 11, 1924. An Impressionist, his work includes landscapes
and figure studies.
Salmagundi Club, 1912 (prize); Woman's Clubhouse (Hollywood), 1914;
PPIE, 1915; Long Beach Public Library, 1916; San Francisco Art Association, 1916; LACMA, 1917
(solo); Calif. Art Club, 1917-20; Sacramento Expo, 1917 (bronze medal),
1918 (silver medal); Painters & Sculptors of So. Calif., 1921;
Laguna Beach AA annuals; AIC, 1924 (memorial); Cannell & Chaffin
Gallery (LA), 1925 (memorial.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Orange County (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Impressionism, The Calif. View; Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs
(Bénézit, E); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
(Fielding, Mantle); Art in California
(R. L. Bernier, 1916); Death record; American Art Annual
1919-24; Chicago Tribune, 8-13-1924 (obituary).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
Born Syracuse, NY, 1878; died Chicago, IL, 1924. Painter, spec. figure, marine, and landscapes. Teacher. Studied at the Art Students League of New York with Howard Pyle and Birge Harrison; in Boston with Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson. Moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1914 and founded the School for Illustration and Painting with John Hubbard Rich. Sold the school in 1917 but continued teaching in the southern California area. Professor of drawing and painting at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1918-19. Moved to San Francisco in 1920 and then to Chicago in 1922.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Fielding, Mantle. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, with an Addendum containing Corrections and Additional Material on the Original Entries. Compiled by James F. Carr. New York: James F. Carr Publ., 1965.; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194712; Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1974. American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194714, 18, 20; AskArt, www.askart.com, accessed Sept. 2, 2005; KU Archives
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.