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|Born in New York City, Robert Chanler, a designer and muralist,
received much of his art training in France at the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts, and there his most famous work titled Giraffes was completed in 1905 and later purchased by the French Government.|
specialized in painted screens and was a member of the National Society
of Mural Painters. A ceiling mural of buffaloes is in the Coe
House in Brookville, New York. He was also a member of the New
York Architectural League.
At the 1913 Armory Show, he exhibited a painted screen entitled Hopi Snake Dance,
which was used at the Show at the transition area--to ease the shock--
to the Fauves part of the exhibition. Chanler's screens were
whimsical with swans and leopards in black, white and silver, and his
style was regarded as modern but not extreme.
Of his 'in-between' position at the Armory Show, it was written that ".
. .the public found that half-way station more comfortable than the
uncompromising radicalism of the Fauves and Cubists. The colorful
decorative screens of Chanler won instant popularity although only one
of them sold." (Brown, 135)
He was a descendant of Colonial
politicians including Governor Winthrop of Massachusetts and Peter
Stuyvesant, last Dutch governor of New York. He had an early
dedication to politics but changed to art.
Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Milton Brown, The Story of the Armory Show
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Robert Chanler is also mentioned in these AskART essays:
New York Armory Show of 1913