|Biography from Blake Benton Fine Art, Artists G - K:|
|Alice De Wolf Kellogg, painter and teacher was born in Chicago,
Illinois in 1862. Kellogg was one of six daughters of a prominent
Chicago doctor. She began her instruction in art in 1879 at the
Chicago Academy of Fine Arts (later called the Art Institute of Chicago
in 1882) where she studied under Henry Fenton Spread, Lawrence C.
Earle, and J. R. Robertson; she graduated with honors. In 1881
she started teaching at the Art Institute where she then met the young
Arthur B. Davies, who continually added to her artistic direction until
his marriage in 1892. |
In the fall of 1887, Kellogg left
Chicago in the company of her sister Gertrude, to begin two years of
art study in Paris. She studied art at the Academié Julian and
the Academié Colarassi and in the private atelier of Charles "Shorty"
Lasar, an American expatriate who taught in Paris and at
Concarneau. At the Academié Julian, Kellogg singled out Boulanger
as her favorite teacher. She wrote at the time of his death in
1881: "His instruction was the simplest-most broad-most rousing . . .
that I ever received." A charcoal sketches she executed at the
Academié was selected for the Salon of 1888. After Boulanger
died, Kellogg moved and decided to try the more convenient and less
expensive Colarossi's, which was "less rigidly organized" than
Julian's. At Colarossi's, where Dagnan-Bouveret was the honored
professor who critiqued occasionally, Jean Rixens and Gustave Courtois
were her instructors.
Little known today, Kellogg had talent
and diligence that was acknowledged in her day and won further
recognition in 1889 with the selection of a pastel for the Salon and of
the portrait of her sister Gertrude for the Exposition.
Describing that portrait she said, "It is pleasing and it is in many
ways by far the best I ever did, but I could do better I believe
now." Upon seeing it in the American section she remarked that it
was "badly hung", but that Gertrude looked quite good."
the Expo she stated: "I have come back from the Exposition in such a
state of joy over the great works of Art there gathered together.
I am free-thanks to Gertrude's portrait [exhibiting artists were given
free passage)] to go in and feast on the best pictures painted this
century, by French, Belgian, Dutch, English, Austrian, Hungarian,
Swedish, Norwegian, Swiss, Russian and American painters." She was also
known for genre, flowers, portraits, landscape and still lifes.
returned to Chicago in 1889, and resumed teaching at the Art
Institute. It was during those years that she was actively
involved with a women's art group called The Palette Club, of which she
was president in 1891, 1892, and 1895. During an economic
downturn in the late 1890s, the members of the club wisely offered
reasonably priced smaller paintings, which at the time were selling
well compared to the large ones. In examining the body of
Kellogg's work from this period there appears a number of these smaller
formatted paintings which often reveal a broader brushstroke and a
lighter palette than her earlier more academic work. This bolder
brushstroke and lighter palette hinted at Impressionism and while one
can only speculate where her more mature later work might have taken
her we know for sure the results would have been spectacular.
exhibited at the Society of American Artists, and was also a member of
that group. She participated in exhibitions at the World's
Colombian Exposition and elsewhere. In 1894 she married Orno
Tyler. She died six years later, cut off just as she had reached
her prime. She was a highly regarded teacher at the Art Institute
of Chicago when she died, in 1900, at the age of thirty-seven.
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