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 Frederick John Mulhaupt  (1871 - 1938)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/New York/Massachusetts/Missouri      Known for: harbor scenes, landscape and figure painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Known for his skillful depictions of the landscape and seascapes of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Frederick Mulhaupt was very much a part of that region's art community in the early part of the 20th century.  His paintings, especially the working harbor scenes, captured the essence of the area, which was already a favorite spot of famous painters such as Winslow Homer and Fitz Hugh Lane.

He was born and raised in Rock Port, Missouri by prosperous German parents, and he had an early job as manager of a newspaper and magazine in Dodge City, Kansas but found it too lawless so he moved to Kansas City.  There he apprenticed to an itinerant painter, enrolled at the Kansas City School of Design, and then at the Art Institute of Chicago.  He earned much respect as an artist, and in 1895 was one of the founding members of the Palette and Chisel Club.  He stayed in Chicago for many years, eventually becoming an instructor in figure classes at the Art Institute.

In 1904, he moved to New York and lived at the Salmagundi Club and then
spent several years in Paris, exhibiting at the Paris Salon and enjoying the exploration of modernist art movements.  The influence of Impressionism is obvious on his work.

He returned to the United States and again lived at the Salmagundi Club where he associated with some of the foremost artists of his day.  Although based in New York, he spent his summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts from 1907, and in 1922 became a year-round resident.  It was there that he came into his own as an artist.

He was active in the Boston North Shore Art Association, and his work was sold through galleries.  He exhibited at the major museums including the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I n 1926, he was elected an associate member of the National Academy of Design and remained a vital part of the New York art world even when he lived elsewhere.

He married Agnes Kingsley, a teacher, and they had one son.  He supported his family by teaching workshops and selling his paintings.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Frederick John Mulhaupt was born March 28, 1871 in Rockport, Missouri.  His early years were spent in Kiowa on the southern border of Kansas.  Mulhaupt worked as manager of a newspaper and magazine in Dodge City before moving to Kansas City where he apprenticed to an itinerant painter and enrolled at the Kansas City School of Design.  He then moved to Chicago where he attended the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1890s.  Mulhaupt stayed in Chicago for many years, eventually becoming an instructor in figure classes at the Art Institute. In 1904 he moved to New York and then spent several years in Paris.  Returned to live in New York while spending his summers in Gloucester, MA from 1907.  Moved to Gloucester in 1922 and became well-known for his skillful depictions of the landscape and seascapes of the
Cape Ann area of Massachusetts.  Mulhaupt worked for the WPA painting a mural for the
Maplewood School in Gloucester.  He died in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1938.

Member: Palette and Chisel Club, Chicago; North Shore Arts Assoc.; National Academy of Design; National Arts Club; Salmagundi Club; Allied Artists of America; Boston Arts Club; Rockport Art Assoc.

Exhibitions: Paris Salon; National Academy of Design; Art Institute of Chicago; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Vose Galleries, 1977; North Shore Arts Assoc., 1999.

Awards: Evan Prize, Salmagundi Club, 1907; Porter Prize, Salmagundi Club, 1921; Medal, Philadelphia Sesquicentennial, 1925; Assoc. Member, National Academy of Design, 1926; Gedney Bunce Prize, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, 1927.

Collections: Butler Art Institute; National Academy of Design; Fogg Art Museum; Reading Public Museum & Art Gallery; Woodstock Historical Society; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Albuquerque Museum; Western Reserve Historical Society; Univ. of Michigan Museum of Art.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
AskART,, accessed Oct. 21, 2007; Art Inventories Cat; Frederick J. Mulhaupt 1871-1938: A Cape Ann Painter (Boston: Vose Galleries, 1978); Frederick J. Mulhaupt: Dean of the Cape Ann School, A Retrospective (Gloucester: North Shore Arts Assoc., 1999).
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.

Biography from South Coast Fine Art:
Frederick J. Mulhaupt was born in Rockport, Missouri on March 28, 1871.  He studied at the Art Academy of Kansas City, the Art Institute of Chicago and also in Paris Schools.  While he was attending the Art Institute of Chicago he became the founding member of the Palette and Chisel Club in 1895. Mulhaupt traveled frequently to Europe and also exhibited works at the National Academy of Design in New York.

He lived in New York during the winter and visited Gloucester, MA in the summer. In 1922 he moved to Gloucester and it was there that he reached the height of his artistic career.

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