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 Dixie Selden  (1871 - 1936)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/Kentucky      Known for: portrait, figure, genre and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Based primarily in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dixie Selden was a painter in impressionist style of portraits, genre, and landscape, and was also an illustrator.  She studied at the Cincinnati Museum Art School with Frank Duveneck, and became one of his favorite students.  At his request she painted his portrait before he died.  She took a summer class in Venice, Italy with William Merritt Chase.

Selden was President of the Cincinnati Women's Art Club, and was active in the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. She exhibited with those groups as well as at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Selden traveled extensively, especially along the New England Coast during the summers, often with Emma Mendenhall as a painting companion. Other travel spots were Spain, Mexico, Italy and France.

Sources include:
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Stuart Holman Auction catalogue, March 6, 2003

Biography from Massillon Museum:
Dixie Selden was born in Cincinnati as the first child of John and Martha Selden and lived most of her childhood living in Covington.  She began taking courses at the McMicken School of Design in 1884, which became the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1885.  She took classes at the Academy until 1890 and studied under Frank Duveneck while there.  Later she took years of intense private study with Duveneck. 

Around 1910 she went to Venice, Italy to study under William Merritt Chase and, in 1914, she began taking lessons from Henry B. Snell at St. Ives in England.  These summers, spent traveling and painting with her teachers, initiated her extensive travels through Europe, the Middle East, China, Japan, Scandinavia and Mexico.  

Her early career was spent painting subject matter largely reserved for amateur women artists – portraits, indoor and outdoor scenes of domestic life and flowers.  As she matured, she increasingly specialized in portraiture, the means by which she claimed her status as a professional.  She also developed a considerable reputation for painting the daily life and lively street scenes of the various locales she visited.


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