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 Dorothy Loeb  (1887 - 1971)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Illinois/California / Mexico      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape and marine painter, graphics

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The following is excerpted from the Provincetown Banner, Provincetown, Massachusetts, January 17, 2002.  The article is Loeb & Lazzell: Women for a New Century and is a review of a Provincetown Art Association, curated by James Bakker, in February 2002.

Dorothy Loeb was closely associated with Blanche Lazzell, whom she met in Paris in 1923, when both were studying with Fernand Leger.   Lazzell painted Loeb in the nude during those classes, and that painting is included in the current show.

It is possible that Loeb may have come to Provincetown following fellow student Ross Moffett to study with Charles Hawthorne.   Loeb first exhibited at the Art Association in 1923 with her painting, My Neighbor's Barn, also included in the current show.  Over the years she was influenced by Matisse and by the Cubists. Her work continued to show Impressionistic leanings mixed with more abstraction.

In 1926, the two women were among 30 signatories on a petition to the Art Association asking for equal exhibition time, space and prominence for the modernists who had been pushed aside in favor of the traditionalists since the association's inception in 1914.  The 'First Modernistic Exhibition' was scheduled for July 1927, and Loeb and Lazzell, along with Lucy L'Engle, Agnes Weinrich and Ellen Ravenscroft, plus seven male artists formed the jury and hanging committee. For 10 years the moderns and traditionalists hung in separate but equal summer shows until finally merging in 1937.

Not much is known about Loeb, not even where she spent her final years or when she died.  One Internet site lists her date of death as 1934 but work believed to have been done by her has been found dating into the '60s.

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This information, submitted March 2003, is from Kathryn Petersen, grand niece of Dorothy Loeb.

We have four Dorothy Loeb paintings dated 1956, 1959, 1960 and 1963 all with signatures.  These were painted in Mexico.  There are two other paintings, one of me as a child that would have been painted in the early 1950's, and one abstract painting with no signature or date.  They are oil on paper; one may be on canvas.  She couldn't afford canvas in the years we knew her.

We know our aunt Dorothy studied in Paris with Fernand Leger.  There was an exhibit in Provincetown in January 2002 of the artwork of Dorothy Loeb and Blanche Lazzell.  This article mentions that Loeb and Lazzell both worked in Paris and perhaps met there.

There is an earlier WPA exhibit March 28 April 15, 1939 of Lazzell and Loeb.  It can be found at

The Art Institute of Chicago has a Dorothy Loeb painting listed in its Ryerson-Burnham archives listed online.

Dorothy Loeb's family lived in Chicago where she grew up, and in 1913, she lived in Chicago (Lou Katsos) at 4346 N. Hermitage Avenue.  My father, Bob Longini, was the son of Gertrude Loeb, Dorothy's sister, and there was at least one other sister and brother.

Our Aunt Dorothy lived most of her later years in a small town in Mexico in the province of Queretero.  Four (or perhaps five) of the paintings we have were done there.  She also travelled around the world on "tramp" steamers and buses.  She lived on a very small annuity from her family.  She returned to the US we think sometime in the early 1960s. She died in a nursing home in San Diego in 1971 or just a bit later.

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The following, submitted February 2005, is from Ron Glantz as a bulletin to AskART.

Dorothy Loeb studied art in Germany.  She was from Chicago, but spent a great deal of time in Provincetown on Cape Cod.  She was in Provincetown in the summers until at least 1943.  She was the artist with the most exhibits ever at the Provincetown Art Association. Many of her works are on exhibit there now.  An oil painting of hers sold for 150 dollars in 1943, which at that time was a hefty sum.

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