(1888 - 1974)
Frederick William Becker was active/lived in New York, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, South Dakota. Frederick Becker is known for itinerant landscape, mural and portrait painting.
Frederick William Becker was born in Vermillion, SD on March 24, 1888, Frederick Becker studied with
Hugh Breckenridge and Daniel Garber at the Pennsylvania School of the
Fine Arts, at the School of Art & Design and the Art Students
League in Los Angeles, and at the Macky School in San Francisco.
He lived in NYC, Oklahoma City, Taos, and southern California in Palm
Springs and Cathedral City. An itinerant artist, Becker traveled
widely and was active in Californa from the 1920s until his death in
Cathedral City on April 12, 1974.
Laguna Beach AA; Society of Texas Artists; Oklahoma Art League;
Southern States Art League; Desert Art Center. Exh: SFAA, 1914; Kansas
City Art Inst., 1917 (bronze medal), 1932 (gold medal); Univ. of
Oklahoma, 1918 (medal); Art Studio Shop (Hollywood), 1934; Tuesday
Afternoon Club (Glendale), 1953; Desert Art Center (Palm Springs),
1965; Laguna Beach Museum, 1980 (solo).
University of Oklahoma
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
(Fielding, Mantle); Who's Who in American Art
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An itinerant artist, specializing in landscapes and murals, Frederick Becker was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, and lived in New York City, Oklahoma City, Texas, Taos, New Mexico, and California in Cathedral City and Palm Springs.
He studied at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the Mackey School of Art, the Art Students League of Los Angeles, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Special teachers were Daniel Garber, Joseph Pearson, Hugh Breckenridge, Robert Reid, Cecilia Beaux, Philip Hale, Perham Nahl, and Emil Carlsen.
He was head of the fine Arts Department of the University of Oklahoma City and also taught summer art classes there and at the University of New Mexico. While living in San Antonio, Texas, he was the First President of the Society of Texas Artists with headquarters in Austin. One of the early Taos artists, he lived with the Kit Carson family for many seasons.
Source: TREASURY OF LIVING ART, Desert Art Center, Palm Springs, CA. 1970.