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 Agnes Millen Richmond  (1870 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois      Known for: female portrait, genre and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Alton, Illinois, Agnes Richmond was a specialist in portraits of women in a variety of social strata.  Her landscape backgrounds, both urban and rural, reflected their circumstances.  Her portraits often had bright colors and showcased the fashions of the time period.

She studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts before moving to New York in 1888. She studied at the Art Students League with John Twachtman, Walter Appleton Clark and Kenyon Cox, and from 1910 to 1914, she taught at the League.

She spent most of her life in Brooklyn excepting summers in Mountainville, New York. She exhibited widely including the 1915 Panama- Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and the Academy of Design from 1908 to 1927.

Richmond was married to the artist Winthrop Turney and was active in women's suffrage and the promotion of socialism.

Sue Sellars Rice, The Sellars Collection
Stephanie Strass, American Women Artists

Biography from Williams American Art Galleries:
Women artists have made a significant contribution to the advancement of American art. They overcame social expectations, limited professional opportunities and sexual discrimination and went on to receive art training under renowned instructors, widely exhibit and win prestigious awards; nevertheless, until recently scholars have largely ignored women artists.  However, in 1983, Louise and Alan Sellars began amassing an extensive collection of works by women artists. They predominantly focused on artists whose works date from 1850 through 1930 – a time in history Alan Sellars considers “the most neglected in American women’s art history.”  Their collection includes works by over two hundred fifty women artists, including Agnes Millen Richmond.

Agnes Millen Richmond was born in Alton, Illinois in 1870 and began her schooling at the Saint Louis School of Fine Arts.   After a move to New York in 1888, she enrolled at the Art Students League where she studied under noted landscape artist John Twachtman and illustrator Walter Appleton Clark.  She later returned to the Art Students League in 1910 and taught art until 1914.

Like her co-exhibitors Jane Peterson and Rhonda Holmes Nicholls, Richmond was one of the few female art teachers in the early 20th century.  She married WPA muralist and realist painter Winthrop Turney, and was often influenced by the places in which she and her husband lived and vacationed.  Primarily a portraitist, she often placed her subjects in pastoral scenes in Gloucester and Mountainville, New York – where she and her husband often summered.

She loved to paint women and she presented her subjects as self-confident and facing the artist.  Setting her subjects in landscapes, she conveyed their circumstances and social strata.

Richmond died in Brooklyn, New York in 1964.

Biography from Bloom Fine Art & Antiques:
The following biography has been provided by Lisa Bloom, PhD.

Agnes Richmond (1870-1964):

Born in Alton, Illinois in 1870, Agnes Millen Richmond was considered one of the key women artists who, along with frequent co-exhibitors Jane Peterson and Rhonda Holmes Nicholls, taught art students in the early 20th century.  She studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and continued her studies at the Arts Students League in New York with Twachtman, Appleton, Clark and Kenyon Cox.

Richmond was a member of the original Woodstock colony, and with her husband, artist Winthrop Turney, spent summers painting in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Mountainville, N.Y.  Her work shows the influence of the places where she lived and vacationed , including Brooklyn, Gloucester, Mass., and Mountainville, New York.

Primarily known as a portraitist, Richmond is particularly noteworthy for portraits of women and children in pastoral scenes in Gloucester and Mountainville as well as more urban New York interiors.

Richmond's ability to present an image of both American indoor and outdoor life in which women and children appear at ease in both their dress and their relation to the setting is seen in most of her portraits.  Additional highlights of the estate include several fascinating portraits set with Japanese prints in the background by Richmond as well as outdoor landscapes of Gloucester, Mass.

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