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 Armand Carmen Wargny  (1878 - 1947)

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Lived/Active: Illinois / France      Known for: landscape, coastal, genre, etching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Note from Lorette Stewart Lynch, Auburn, California, whose mother, Laura C. Stewart, was the niece of the artist.

Armand was the brother of my mother's father, Paul Wargny. (She was born in Chicago Illinois in 1908, and passed away in Arcadia, California at the age of 91 in 2000.)  I have a few art pieces of Armand that look very similar to the ones posted on this website.  They were in my mothers house and came across them when we sold the house.

My mother told me that Armand lived in France and was an artist. I don't know if he was married or had children.

Biography from Arnot Art Museum:

Armand Wargny
1878 – 1947
Born in Lyon, France, Armand Carmen Wargny studied painting at the Académie Colarossi and with Félicien Rops before coming to the United States around 1904.  Wargny settled in Chicago and found work as a cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune.  He enrolled in evening classes at the Art Institute where he met Julius Lars Hoftrup (1874-1954), the Swedish-born painter from Pine City. 

Sharing the desire to observe and paint nature directly, the two artists began a lifelong association that included painting trips along the Mississippi River, working and exhibiting together in New York City and, in 1931, the establishment of Arts Torp, the studio and informal art community located on the Hoftrup farm in Pine City.  The relaxed, supportive atmosphere at Arts Torp attracted visits by a number of professional artists, among them Grant Wood, Marsden Hartley, and Norman Kent. 

Wargny moved his studio and residence to Arts Torp in 1937 after a devastating fire in his Union Square studio in New York City and remained there until his death in 1947.
Wargny was strongly influenced by the plein-air paintings of the impressionists from his early years in France.  Indeed, Wargny’s paintings reveal a similar sensitivity for shimmering forms dissolved in light and by color.  Yet in his drawings and prints, Wargny reveals his eye for caricature from his background as a newspaper illustrator.  Inspired by casual incident, Wargny created sketches of everyday life:  street vendors, workers on the Brooklyn docks, horses hauling a load.  In each sketch, he emphasized the defining characteristic, from a shivering boy standing on a dock to the dragging feet of tired work horses.  Whether using crisp ink lines or webbed shadings of pencil, Wargny’s works are vivid impressions of a deeply felt nature, sensitively rendered.
Submitted by John D. O'Hern, Executive Director and Curator Arnot Art Museum

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