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 Jerry Farnsworth  (1895 - 1982)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Florida      Known for: portrait, figure, landscape and genre painting, teaching

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Active in Provincetown, Massachusetts from 1915, Jerry Farnsworth ran the Farnsworth School of Art, specializing in figure and portrait painting. He had been a student of Charles Hawthorne at Provincetown, and also studied at the Corcoran Art School. In 1935, he was elected to the National Academy of Design.

Married to artist Helen Sawyer, he operated art schools at Cape Cod and Sarasota, Florida, where he "became the father figure of the Sarasota Art Colony." (Dappert) Also he was Carnegie Visiting Professor of Art and Artist in Residence, and was a teacher at the Art Students League in New York.

In the 1930s, he was commissioned to paint celebrities for covers of Time magazine, and a portrait of Hitler and his dog was the first published submission. One of his major commissions was the Portrait of President Truman and the President's Mother.

A retrospective of Farnsworth's paintings was held at the Highland House Museum, Truro Historical Society, Truro, Massachusetts, July and August 2004.

Susan Kurtzman, May 2004
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
Dappert Gallery

Biography from Apple Ridge Fine Arts:
A native of Dalton, Georgia, Jerry Farnsworth received his art training at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C. (1917-19), later studying with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

A highly respected painter and art instructor, Farnsworth was elected a full academician of the National Academy of Design in 1935. His work was widely exhibited, appearing in such institutions as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Toledo Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

In 1933, he founded the Farnsworth School of Art in both Sarasota, Florida and North Truro, Massachusetts.

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