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 Joseph W. Gies  (1860 - 1935)

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Lived/Active: Michigan / France      Known for: genre, landscape and portrait painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Joseph Gies was a significant connection to the Detroit painting scene. Born in Detroit in 1860, he spent most of his life in and around the area. Except for his studies aboard with William A. Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury in Paris; Royal Academy in Munich. His contributions to the local art community were meaningful.   
In 1890 the Detroit Museum School was formed. That year Joseph Gies became an important member of the painting faculty. In 1895, the Art Club of Detroit was formed and held it’s first annual exhibition. Robert Hopkin, Joseph Gies and Francis Petrus Paulus were involved in the exhibition, which consisted of a display of contemporary American artists, including a substantial local contingent plus American and European paintings lent by private collectors.
Also, in 1895, Gies and Paulus opened the Detroit Fine Arts Academy. When Paulus returned to Europe, the portraitist John Palmer Wicker, who taught with Gies at the Museum School took his place as co-director. The Fine Arts Academy was renamed the Wicker School of Fine Arts, after Gies retired in 1911 to resume full-time painting.

"Joseph W. Gies", Lawrence Cantor Fine Art, (Accessed 12/15/2013)

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Joseph W. Gies was born in Michigan in 1860.  He studied in New York at the National Academy of Design, Cooper Union and Art Students League, and continued at the Royal Academy in Munich, and in Paris at Académie Julian with William Bourereau and Robert-Fleury.

When the Detroit Museum School opened in 1890, he became a member of the faculty. In 1895 he opened the Detroit Fine Arts Academy and taught there until 1911.  

During winters he made painting trips to other parts of the U.S. including California.  His views of Carmel and La Jolla are extant. 

He died in Dearborn, Michigan in 1935. 


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