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 George Walker Shane  (1906 - 1969)

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Lived/Active: Iowa      Known for: townscape, farmsteads, writer

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
George Shane was a reporter and artist for the "Des Moines Register", beginning in 1938. He wrote human interest stories, articles about art, and a column called "The Visual Arts." In addition he painted many "townscapes" for publication in the Des Moines Sunday Register. These were often accompanied by a history of the town square, or courthouse, or local landmark in the painting. He also painted 100 year old farmsteads. These were quite popular with the people of Iowa, and according to a letter from his widow, all but one of them were sold to private collectors, including the downtown of Greenfield which was sold to Norman Lear who was there filming "Cold Turkey".

For his "The Visual Arts" column he took two trips and filed reports back to the "Register": to Venice and the continent in 1958 and to Mexico in 1966.

George Shane died in 1969 in a fall from the fifth floor of a parking structure.

The Special Collections Department at the University of Iowa has a modest collection of the papers of George Shane. None of his paintings are in this collection.

Written and submitted October 2004 by Jacque Roethler, Manuscripts Assistant, Special Collections, The University of Iowa
Born in Eldon, Iowa, George Shane was an art critic and painter who focused on regional scenes of Iowa. He studied at the University of Kentucky and at the Art Institute of Chicago with Louis Bouche. He exhibited with the Des Moines Art Club and the Iowa Art Educators' Association, and he served as President of the Des Moines Art Forum from 1952 to 1953. From 1938 he was art critic for the "Des Moines Register". In 1958, he received a grant from Gujivi Malville, a local art patron, to research Impressionism in Paris.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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