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 Leon A. Makielski  (1885 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: Michigan      Known for: landscape, portrait, still life, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following was submitted by Peter Paulus:

Leon A. Makielski was born in Morris Run, Pennsylvania in 1885 and grew up in
South Bend, Indiana. In the early 1900's he studied at the Art Institute of
Chicago where by 1908 he became an instructor and was awarded the Institute's highest honor, the John Quincy Adams Traveling Scholarship.

For the next four years Makielski studied in Paris and its environs. He was enrolled in the Academie Julian and the Grand Chaumiere both in Paris. He was a pupil of Henri Martin, Richard Miller, Lucien Simon and R. Menard. He exhibited in the Paris Salons of 1910 and 1911 and spent much of his time painting the countryside around Paris, especially Giverny and Versailles. "Undins's Pool", "Luxembourg Palace" and "Wildflowers, Giverny" are wonderful examples of his work during this period.

William Gerdts cites Makielski in Monet's Giverny: "An Impressionist Colony" (Abbeville Press, 1993) as one of the most traditional of the second generation colonists who followed the lead of Theodore Robinson and other first generation Americans at Giverny.

Makielski's training might have been earlier influenced by the Hoosier
Impressionists active in Chicago during his training there, but the European
experience clearly brought forth a style of its own.

Makielski returned to South Bend in 1913, finally settling in Ann Arbor,
Michigan where he was an instructor of fine art at The University of
Michigan. During the remainder of his life he worked in Ann Arbor and Detroit
where he also taught at the Meinsinger Art School. He was an active member of art groups including: the Scarab Club in Detroit and the American Federation of Artists.

His extensive exhibits beyond those at the Salons of Paris included: Detroit
Institute of Art 1917, 1919, 1921, 1923, and 1925 at all of which he garnered
prizes; Michigan State Fair, 1925 (prize); Scarab Club, 1929 (prize) and the
Art Institute of Chicago, 1908 (prize). He is well listed including: API'97;
Benezit; Davenport; Dunbier (American Impressionists. 800 Lesser Known
Working Before 1940); Fielding; Mallett; and, Who's Who.

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