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 George Oberteuffer  (1878 - 1940)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Massachusetts      Known for: impressionist landscape-structure, marine and genre painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
George Oberteuffer studied with William M. Chase and Thomas Anshutz. He was a member of the National Academy, Salon des Independents, Salon d'Automne, Chicago Gallery Association, and the Chicago Painters and Sculptors. In 1926, Oberteuffer was hired as the first teacher for the North Shore Art League.

He exhibited from the 1910s-30s, and his work is in the collections of the National Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Milwaukee Art Institute, and the Columbus Art Museum. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

Cindy Fuller, "Vive le North Shore Art League"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from Abby M Taylor Fine Art:
Among painting for which George Oberteuffer is best known are ones he painted during his nineteen-year stay in France.  Inspired by the Luxembourg Gardens and the architecture of northern France, Oberteuffer developed a fresh and vigorous style, using vibrant color and brushstrokes influenced by French Impressionism.

He attended Princeton University and graduated in the class of 1900.  After graduation, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Thomas Anshutz and William Merritt Chase and received his Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.  While in France, Oberteuffer met his future wife, Henriette Amiard, at the Academie Julian in Paris.  The two often exhibited their paintings together and their careers thrived.

During Oberteuffer’s return to the United States, his paintings echoed the modern sensibilities of artists such as close friends John Marin and Arthur B. Carles. Oberteuffer then became a member of the National Academy in 1939, and died soon after in Boston due to pneumonia.

National Academy of Design
Salon d’Automne
Salon des Independents
Chicago Gallery of Art
Chicago Painters and Sculptors
National Art Club

Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, 1922 (gold)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1922 (gold)
Chicago Gallery of Art, 1927 (prize)
National Academy of Design, 1932 (prize)
Corcoran Gallery Biennials, 1912-27 (6 times)
Art Institute of Chicago, 1912-31
Salons of America

Public Collections:
Brooklyn Museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
New South Wales
French Government
The Phillips Collections, Washington, D.C.
Grand Rapids Museum, Michigan
Milwaukee Art Institute
Columbus Art Museum, Ohio
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

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