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 Maude Kaufman Eggemeyer  (1877 - 1959)

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Lived/Active: Indiana/New York/North Carolina      Known for: floral garden landscape, still life painting

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A plein-air painter of landscapes and florals, Maude Kaufman Eggemeyer was an important part of the regional art movement in Richmond, Indiana. This was a colony of artists who studied art techniques and art history together as well as held annual exhibitions. In 1910, she received the Richmond Prize for the best work in the show.

She was born in New Castle, Indiana and studied architectural drawing with her father, at Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts and sciences college in Richmond, Indiana. She also studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy, in Ohio, and with landscape painter John Elwood Bundy in Richmond. Other teachers included Gifford Beal and Wayman Adams.

Eggemeyer exhibited primarily in the Midwest and won prizes in 1924, 1927 and 1928 at the Hoosier Salon. In 1926, she was selected one of seven vice presidents of the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association organized in Chicago, which she was instrumental in forming. Her oil painting, "Blooming Redbud", is in the collection of the Richmond Art Museum, Indiana.


Paul E Sternberg, Sr., "Paintings by American Women"

Biography from Richmond Art Museum:
At a time when gardening provided an escape for women from the harshness of daily life, American artists were drawn to capture the gentility and picturesque outdoor parlors of the rural landscape. The cottage garden or grandmother’s garden with flowers and vegetables grown together became a favorite subject of painters. Unlike the English garden, these gardens were tended by women and were much smaller in scale and located close to the home. Just as Monet had painted his famous water lily gardens, American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam would become enchanted and inspired by the old-fashioned gardens. Hassam would become especially known for his paintings of Celia Thaxter’s garden on the Isles of the Shoals.

In rural Indiana, one painter captured the beauty of the floral landscape with a sensibility of color and light like no other regional artist during the first part of the 20th Century. Maude Kaufman Eggemeyer (1877-1959) painted the gentile scenery in the quaint small towns surrounding Richmond. She is known for her tranquil depictions in both the garden landscape and floral still life. She has left an artistic and historic legacy of a simpler time, recording the rural landscape.

In honor of her accomplishments as an outstanding regional Hoosier artist, the Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, Indiana, has organized an exhibition titled, “Buds of Beauty: Works by Maude Kaufman Eggemeyer.” The exhibition features nearly 50 works by this talented impressionist painter,primarily featuring her well-known scenes of old houses and gardens. Equally adept in portraiture and still-life, a few examples of these works are also included.

Eggemeyer was born in New Castle, Indiana to an artistic family. Her father, W.S. Kaufman, was a well-known architect in Indiana. In Richmond, he designed the Westcott Hotel, the 1908 YMCA building and the State Hospital. It was her father who first gave her art instruction, instilling the importance of good draftsmanship and her love of painting architectural lines. Her first teacher was Dean of the Richmond Group, John E. Bundy, painter of beech trees. An art instructor at Earlham College, Bundy taught Eggemeyer during her short time at the college. He would remain her private instructor and mentor for seven years and eventually share joint exhibitions with her and recognition as one of the top Richmond Group artists.

Eggemeyer also studied from the famed Hoosier Group painter, John Ottis Adams, who often painted the beautiful gardens of his home, the Hermitage, in Brookville, Indiana. Colorful poppies, larkspur, delphiniums and hollyhocks were often selected by Hoosier painters to depict the tamed, refined landscape of Indiana. Unlike other Hoosier artists, Eggemeyer chose to paint the backyards of older homes, depicting sheds, storage buildings and the gardens that surrounded them giving them a rustic, romantic feel.

Eggemeyer was a founding member of the Richmond Palette Club and a jury member of the Art Association of Richmond’s annual exhibition. Eggemeyer’s early participation in these exhibitions no doubt influenced the direction of her art. Her use of bold color, using painterly impasto and palettes of multi-hued tones, created a rich appeal of cottage gardens. She began traveling east to paint the gardens of well-known families, including Mrs. Fred Rike and Mrs. Robert Patterson of Dayton, Ohio. Other gardens included the Sickmann Garden on South 6th Street, Richmond, and Rudolph Leeds Garden, both included in the exhibition.

Her most active time was during the 1920’s, in which she has several one-woman shows in Toledo, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and New York. She actively painted in and around her home, Twin Oaks, located on New Paris Pike, northeast of Richmond. Madison, Indiana, and Michigan were also favorite painting grounds for her. It was in 1924 that Eggemeyer, John Bundy and George Baker were invited to exhibit their work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. William Henry Fox, director of the Brooklyn Museum and former director of the Herron Art Institute of Indianapolis, put the exhibition together.

At the request of the Daughters of Indiana in Chicago in 1924, Eggemeyer was asked to exhibit her work. After selling 39 of 42 works in a previous exhibition, she was unable to send any work to Chicago. However, she suggested that the women’s group exhibit works by other Indiana artists, thus the first Hoosier Salon was born in 1925.

In 1926, she was selected as one of the seven vice presidents of the Hoosier Salon Patron’s Association. She won two merit awards at the Hoosier Salon in 1925 and 1930. In 1925, she was the winner of the DePauw University Alumni Association of Chicago’s award for best floral. She received three awards from the Hoosier Salon, Marshall Fields Gallery, Chicago including the Beaumont Parks prize in 1924, the Crilly prize in 1927 and the Salon Patrons Association prize in 1928.

An art critic visiting the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition in 1923 recognized her work in a French art journal, in which a page was devoted, describing her as a brilliant colorist and magician of light. Her paintings were shown in Toledo, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Washington and New York.

In 1931, her last exhibition at the Palette Club (709-711 Main Street), Richmond, she exhibited 51 works. This would be the last time Eggemeyer would exhibit her work. Her husband, Elmer took his own life in 1931, leaving her to manage her affairs alone and perhaps ending her career as an artist. She moved in with her sister, Mrs. Parsons in Asheville, North Carolina, where she died in 1959.

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