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 Adele McGinnis Herter  (1869 - 1946)

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: floral still life, portrait, figure and landscape painting, decorative wall murals

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Adele McGinnis Herter was primarily devoted to portraiture, although she became best known for her delicate floral still life painting.  The daughter of a New York banker, she grew up with affluence and upper-class privileges. 

She studied art in Paris at the Academie Julian with teachers Adolphe Bouguereau, Gustave Courtois and Tony Robert-Fleury.  In Paris she met New Yorker, Albert Herter, and they married in New York in 1893. As a working couple and separately, they achieved much prominence as painters and wall-decorating muralists.

Portrait subjects for Adele included many prominent persons such as Abby Rockefeller, wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  The two women worked together with several others to start a museum dedicated to living artists, which led
in 1929, to them being among seven founders of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Earlier, in March 1911, Rockefeller and Herter were two of seven women who signed the certificate of incorporation for the New York Women's Cosmopolitan Club, located at 122 East 66th Street. It was then and remains today an exclusive women's association dedicated to promoting the arts, sciences, education, literature and philanthropy.

Adele Herter received awards for her painting entries at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York in 1901; and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition.


Mary Lublin, "Adele McGinnis Herter", Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design, Volume One, 1826-1925, (David Dearinger, Editor)
Information on the Rockefeller friendship submitted by Sara Lu Snyder
"Cosmopolitan Club (New York)", Wikipedia, // (Accessed 6/25/2013)

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store:
Painter.  Born in New York on Feb. 27, 1869,  Adele Herter was a pupil of Gustave Courtois, William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury in Paris.  While studying in Paris in 1893, she married artist Albert Herter and they maintained homes on Long Island, NY and in Santa Barbara, CA.

Mrs. Herter died on Long Island on Oct. 1, 1946.

Pan-American Expo (Buffalo), 1901
Louisiana Purchase Expo (St Louis), 1904 (bronze medal);
Stendahi Gallery (LA), 1927.

Collections: Medical College Library, University of Pennsylvania (portrait); El Mirasol Hotel, Santa Barbara (mural). SCA; AAA 1898-33; WWAA 1936; NY Times, 10-3-1946 (obit).
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