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|One of South Bend, Indiana's best-known landscape painters of the 20th
century, George Ames Aldrich became most associated with richly painted
impressionist landscapes with water of Brittany and Normandy.|
was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 3, 1872. His early
art experience took place in the 1890's while living in Europe.
He studied art in the Midwest, the East Coast, and throughout Europe,
becoming a successful and respected etcher and painter. He worked as an
illustrator for both Punch magazine and The London Times in the 1890's.
to the United States, he became a member of the Art Students' League in
New York City. Soon thereafter, it is thought he may have studied
architecture at M.I.T. in Massachusetts, and his experience there is
evident in the buildings and houses in many of his landscapes.
continued his art education in Paris, attending Academies Julian and
Colarossi, and later joining the Societe des Artistes Francais.
His personal style was refined as he spent several years traveling
throughout Europe. Between 1909 and 1910, Aldrich lived with
artist/instructor Dieppe, completing many of his most popular paintings
in Normandy and Brittany.
In 1918, Aldrich arrived in Chicago
and became involved with the South Bend art scene during the 1920s. The
Indiana dune country, at the southern end of Lake Michigan, was a
popular subject for Chicago's painters. The area had reverted to
wilderness after the Indians left and after the Chicago fire, when
thousands of trees were cut down to rebuild the city.
exhibited regularly at the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a member
of the Chicago Galleries Association, the Hoosier Salon, and the
Chicago Society of Painters and Sculptors. In 1924, he won an
architectural club traveling scholarship and traveled to Europe to
paint in England, Germany, Spain, Italy, and France.
is represented in many museums throughout the world, and many private
and corporate collections carry his work including the Union League of
Chicago and the War Mothers Building in Washington DC.
He died in Chicago in 1941.
Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art
William Gerdts, Art Across America
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