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 Ada Wolfe  (1878 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: Minnesota/California      Known for: impressionist landscape, figure and interior painting

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Following is text from a review, dated July 18, 2007, and referencing the exhibition at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, "In Her Own Right: Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists."

Ada Wolfe (1878-1945)

Ada Augusta Wolfe was born in Oakland, Calif. on May 7, 1878. When she was 11 years old, her family moved to Minneapolis where she would later study at the Minneapolis School of Art. Wolfe continued her artistic training at the Art Students League in New York.

In addition to numerous awards throughout her career, she was honored with a special show at the Minnesota State Fair in 1941.

Wolfe is perhaps the most enigmatic artist in this exhibition. Due to her early death in 1945, most of her work was dispersed throughout private collections and has been unavailable to historical interpretation.

Wolfe's artistic philosophy was highlighted in a lengthy interview published in the Minneapolis Tribune on April 2, 1916, in which she said, "I hate sentiment in art. Art, above everything else, needs absolute freedom for its growth. ... If you want to be a painter, then first be a rebel against anything which has a tendency to enslave you. Your attitude of mind is what counts in the long run. Commercialism of any kind kills art."

Wolfe embraced the lessons of noted American Impressionist painter and teacher William Merritt Chase, with whom she studied prior to 1916.

Early in her career, Wolfe used short, broken brushstrokes and, at times, thickly applied paint. In her later work, she painted with bold fluid lines; these paintings seem to dissolve in a swirl of color.

While several of the artists in this exhibition have been called Impressionists, Wolfe can truly lay claim to that title.

Wolfe died on Oct. 4, 1945, at the age of 67.

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