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 Louise Brettner Osborne  (1889 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois      Known for: abstract genre, landscape, engraver

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Biography from Carolina Galleries - Southern Art:
Lue Osborne was born in 1889 in Belleville, IL. From 1915 through 1918 she attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She met the artist Robert Henri on a brief visit to New York City in 1919, and he became her friend and corresponded with her and critiqued her work until his death in 1926. Henri encouraged her to send him photographs of her work, which she did.

In an undated letter to Osborne, Henri wrote, "I wish you to know that I like your work...think you have talent and a vision - would not write you at such length if I did not think so."

Between 1919 and 1925, Lue divorced her first husband and moved to New York City. In 1925, she exhibited with the Allied Artists of America and was elected a member the following year. She met her future husband. William Cordray Simmons, also an artist, while shopping in Greenwich Village one day. They were married in 1929.

Lue Osborne exhibited with Thomas Hart Benton in 1930 and in 1931 with Utrillo, de Chirico, Metzinger, and Dufy. Averaging three or four exhibitions a year, she and her husband routinely exhibited with many of the major artists of the time such as Benton, John Sloan, William Glackens, Guy Pene DuBois, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Edward Hopper.

Simmons and Osborne experimented with various mediums for their paintings, eventually settling on a combination of paint, resin binder, solvent, and Vinylite to create layers of a painting. They both had the opportunity to capitalize on this method of synthetic resin painting but for whatever reason, chose not to capitalize on it.

Lue Osborne, as well as her husband, were both elected to the National Academy of Design in 1944. Probably due to changing artistic tastes, she exhibited little after 1946. In 1952, she received the Grumbacher Award of Merit for outstanding contribution to the arts and in 1953 she was invited to be a member of the National Association of Women Artists.

Lue Osborne died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1968.

Submitted by Pamela Elizabeth Mayo



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