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 Albert Worcester  (1878 - 1935)

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Lived/Active: Michigan/New Hampshire / Spain      Known for: landscape, town views, engravings, etching

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Albert Worcester
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French Quarter Courtyard
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Worcester, Albert   (1878-1935)
Painter and Etcher in Detroit, 1894, 1900+.  Born in West Compton, N.H.  Studied in Detroit under Maud Mathewson  in whose studio he exhibited, 1894.  Also studied in New York City, in Italy, and in Paris under L.O. Merson and Jean Paul Laurens.  Spent considerable time in Holland and finally returned to Detroit.  He is also known to have spent two years in New Orleans, exhibiting with the Art Association of New Orleans and at the Delgado Museum of Art (Years unknown, but likely late 1918-1920) .  Died as a result of a fall in Barcelona, Spain, Dec. 18, 1935.

 "This young painter, still on the sunny side of thirty, is an American by birth and spent his youth in the city of Detroit, which is still his home. 

Mr. Worchester passed through the preliminary stage of academic study, and going to New York worked under the direction of William Merritt Chase in the Art Students' League.  From New York he went to Paris to gain the benefits of student intercourse and the inspiration that is to be gained in the studios of living painters in the great French metropolis. 

His wander period lasted more than six years, venturing from Paris to Italy and to Germany and spending weeks at a time in the regions especially favored by artists in Normandy, Touraine and in Holland. 

Following the twenty two paintings with the catalog in hand and studying the composition, the color and the intimate sentiment of each one separately, and then taking them together with a sense of relationship, it becomes convincing that Mr. Worcester has passed his stage of apprenticeship and set sail to find his future on the sea of art. 

Speaking of his art, the painter said that while he landscape and painting in the picturesque secluded streets of the old environs of Paris, compositions containing the human figure attracted him far more.  He preferred the study of life and its varied interests, he was drawn to the human touch and to living things and the haunts of the busy world filled with human activity had a fascination that was undeniable to his artistic sense. 

Mr. Worcester is a firm believer in the new frank interpretations of art that have obtained honor in the painting centers of Europe.  Its disciples see color vigorously, it strikes their eyes with force and thus they use it.  No subterfuge, no deference to the past stays their brush - they paint what they see and endeavor to do it with truth.

The artist is also known to have exhibited at the Paris Salon, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the Detroit Museum of Art, and the Scarab Club, Detroit, among numerous other venues.

Written and submitted by Edward P. Bentley, art researcher and collector, Greenville, Michigan
"Artists of Michigan," Hopkin; and excerpts from a biography in Sketchbook, October, 1907,  Vol. 6, pp.225-231

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