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 Donald Forbes  (1905 - 1951)

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Lived/Active: New York/California/Nebraska      Known for: modernist figure, portrait

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Donald Forbes
from Auction House Records.
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Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Illustrator, painter. Born in Auburn, NE in 1905. Raised in an orphanage, Forbes left there in 1920 and came to California. In Los Angeles he worked at odd jobs and as a movie extra. He held his first exhibition at the Los Angeles Public Library in 1927. The following year he was a member of the teaching faculty at the CSFA and then followed book illustration assignments in NYC. In 1930 he moved to New Orleans where he received his first formal art instructions at the Arts & Crafts Club. This session and a course of study in NYC under Jean CharIot at the Florence Cane School were his only academic training. Back in NYC, he worked for the Federal Art Project during the Depression. During WWII he worked as a riveter in a New Jersey shipyard. His last years were spent as an art teacher at a resort hotel in Rye, NY. He died there in October 1951.

Exh: Guild Gallery NYC), 1936 (solo); Willard Gallery (NYC), 1952 (solo).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
AAA 1928, p. 290.
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