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 Rosella (Fiene) Hartman  (1894 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: New York/Kansas      Known for: wildlife in landscape and still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Amy Hartman:

Rosella Hartman was born in 1894 in Kansas of German-Swiss parentage. Like
her brother, artist Bertram Hartman, she first studied art at the Art
Institute of Chicago, and later the Art Students League in New York. While
attending the League's summer workshop in Woodstock, New York, Rosella met local sculptor Paul Fiene, whom she married in 1923.

Hartman was greatly inspired by Woodstock's natural setting, studying the
population of deer, racoons and fox; she began making wildlife landscapes in
lithograph, watercolor and oil. In 1934, her first Guggenheim Award afforded
her a year of study in southern Germany and France. Hartman returned to
Europe a second time in 1938 and worked with celebrated printer Desjobert in Paris. It was with Desjobert that Hartman did her only color lithographs,
"Venice" and "Tiger Tiger".

Hartman's intense fascination with nature shows in her many works of animals, "animated by a gentle mysticism" (New Yorker). Her compositions are consistently kinetic: "Your eye should start one place and then go all around in a pleasing way and then come out."

Hartman exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, the Carnegie Institute, the
Corcoran Gallery, the Whitney Museum, and the Chicago Art Institute, as well
as in numerous galleries throughout New York State and the Midwest.

Rosella Hartman survived her husband, and then passed away in 1984 at her
studio home in Woodstock, New York.
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Metropolitan Museum of Art; Carnegie Institute; Whitney Museum; Art Institute of Chicago.
Woodstock Art Association

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Born Junction City, 1894; died Woodstock, NY, 1984. Painter, specialized in animals, nature. Printmaker. Studied at Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York. Wife of sculptor Paul Fiene and sister of C. Bertram Hartman. Lived in Woodstock, NY. Worked with Desjobert in Paris in 1938 producing color lithographs.
Guggenheim Fellowships to Europe in 1934 & 1938; American Academy of Letters grand, 1964.

Spencer Museum of Art; Whitney Museum; Baltimore Museum; St. Louis City Art Museum.

Woodstock Art Association

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
NMAA files; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 16, 2005
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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