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 Julie Mathilde Morrow De Forest  (1882 - 1979)

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In the Mission Garden, San Juan
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Julie Morrow DeForest, a painter of intensely-colored Impressionist landscapes, was born April 30, 1882 in New York City, but grew up in Connecticut, moving with her minister father to Bethlehem, Danbury and Norwich during the first twenty years of her life.

Julie DeForest was always interested in art, but majored in literature in her college studies, which would lead her to a twenty year teaching career in high school, until a stroke of good fortune in 1929 when she was in her late forties. She married a business executive and could afford to quit teaching and devote herself full-time to painting and poetry.

DeForest earned her B.A. degree in English from Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, in 1904; and her M.A, degree in literature from Columbia University, New York City, in 1906. She did manage to take some art courses in college, as well as studying elsewhere with Charles W. Hawthorne, Jonas Lie and John Carlson.

She painted as much as she could during the school year, on summer vacations, and during two sabbaticals. But like most artists, who must earn a living doing something other than art, she managed, exhibiting her work at relatively major venues like the Provincetown Art Association, Massachusetts; the National Academy of Design, and National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, both in New York City.

In fact, in 1926, she exhibited twenty paintings in a two-person show at the Milch Galleries, New York City, with the then-well-known artist William Ritschel.

DeForest first came to the western United States in 1928, spending a summer in Carmel, California, and beginning a twenty year experience with the West, the California coast and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

DeForest had one-person exhibitions at the Closson Galleries, Cincinnati, in 1934 and 1935; Argent Galleries, New York City, 1936; Marie Sterner Gallery, New York City, 1940 and 1942; and the Newhouse Gallery, New York City, in 1947.

Group shows included the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and four locations in New York City: Allied Artists of America; Brooklyn Museum; National Arts Club; and the New York World's Fair.

The artist's work is in the collections of a number of colleges and universities including Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbia University, New York City; Fisk University; Howard University; American Christian College, Tulsa, Oklahoma; as well as Hillforest Museum, Aurora, Indiana; Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut; and other Cincinnati, Ohio venues including the Cincinnati Art Museum; City of Cincinnati; Christ Hospital; American Red Cross; and Cloverdale Home for the Blind.

A long-lived Julie Morrow DeForest died in her ninety-seventh year on December 22, 1979 in Glendale, Ohio.

Julie Morrow DeForest, a painter of intensely-colored Impressionist landscapes, was born April 30, 1882 in New York City, but grew up in Connecticut, moving with her minister father to Bethlehem, Danbury and Norwich during the first twenty years of her life.

Julie DeForest was always interested in art, but majored in literature in her college studies, which would lead her to a twenty year teaching career in high school, until a stroke of good fortune in 1929 when she was in her late forties. She married a business executive and could afford to quit teaching and devote herself full-time to painting and poetry.

DeForest earned her B.A. degree in English from Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, in 1904; and her M.A, degree in literature from Columbia University, New York City, in 1906. She did manage to take some art courses in college, as well as studying elsewhere with Charles W. Hawthorne, Jonas Lie and John Carlson.

She painted as much as she could during the school year, on summer vacations, and during two sabbaticals. But like most artists, who must earn a living doing something other than art, she managed, exhibiting her work at relatively major venues like the Provincetown Art Association, Massachusetts; the National Academy of Design, and National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, both in New York City.

In fact, in 1926, she exhibited twenty paintings in a two-person show at the Milch Galleries, New York City, with the then-well-known artist William Ritschel.

DeForest first came to the western United States in 1928, spending a summer in Carmel, California, and beginning a twenty year experience with the West, the California coast and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

DeForest had one-person exhibitions at the Closson Galleries, Cincinnati, in 1934 and 1935; Argent Galleries, New York City, 1936; Marie Sterner Gallery, New York City, 1940 and 1942; and the Newhouse Gallery, New York City, in 1947.

Group shows included the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and four locations in New York City: Allied Artists of America; Brooklyn Museum; National Arts Club; and the New York World's Fair.

The artist's work is in the collections of a number of colleges and universities including Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbia University, New York City; Fisk University; Howard University; American Christian College, Tulsa, Oklahoma; as well as Hillforest Museum, Aurora, Indiana; Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, Connecticut; and other Cincinnati, Ohio venues including the Cincinnati Art Museum; City of Cincinnati; Christ Hospital; American Red Cross; and Cloverdale Home for the Blind.

A long-lived Julie Morrow DeForest died in her ninety-seventh year on December 22, 1979 in Glendale, Ohio.


Source:
Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "Women Artists of the American West"



This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in NYC on April 30, 1882. Morrow was educated at Wellesley College and received her M.A. degree in English from Columbia. While in college she studied art with Jonas Lie, Chas Hawthorne, and John Carlson. For 20 years she taught English in the public schools of NYC with art as an avocation. Summer vacations were spent painting in Provincetown and other artist colonies. While visiting California in 1915, she was active in San Juan Capistrano; the summer of 1928 was spent on the Monterey Peninsula. Her view of Point Lobos appeared on the cover of Literary Digest. After her marriage to Cornelius DeForest in 1929, she settled in Cincinnati. Western subjects continued to dominate her work into the late 1940s. Mrs. DeForest died in Glendale, OH on Dec. 22, 1979. Member: Provincetown AA. Exh: Milch Gallery (NYC), 1926 (with Wm Ritschel); NY World's Fair, 1939. In: Cincinnati Museum.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1936-76; Women Artists of the American West; Cincinnati Enquirer, 12-28-1979 (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.

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