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 Gilbert White  (1877 - 1939)

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Lived/Active: Michigan / France      Known for: mural, portrait, landscape, still life

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A student at Columbia University, Gilbert White became a mural painter whose murals decorate the State Capitols of Oklahoma, Utah, Kentucky and the Agricultural Building in Washington D.C. He was born in Grand Haven, Michigan and for forty years lived in Paris.

Peter Hastings Falk (editor), Who Was Who in American Art
Note from AskART bulletin board: Gilbert White also did at least 4 very large murals in the New Haven Connecticut Court House. They are dated 1913.

Biography from J. Gold Fine Art - Private Dealer:
The following information was gleaned from Thomas Gilbert White's obituary in the February 18, 1939 New York Times and from a Biography prepared by Hanover Square Gallery in NYC in connection with an Exhibition of the artist's work held in May-June, 1988.

Thomas Gilbert White, ceased using his first name Thomas in adulthood, and is better known as Gilbert White. He is listed in most reference books under each of the two names, and has auction records under both names.

Born in Grand Rapids Michigan in 1877, Gilbert White spent most of his life living in Paris. His obituary quotes him as having said ; " As for being American well, I can rope a steer by any leg calling my throw, I was a Captain of infantry during the war (WWI under Pershing), I keep my Grand Rapids Michigan Accent, and am a borther of Stewart Edward White, the American Novelist. To be a good American, you have to live abroad to get the perspective."

From 1896 until 1898, White lived in New York City, attending Columbia University and taking classes with John Twachtman and others at the Art Students League. In 1898, he moved to Paris to study at the Academie Julian. He studied with Jean Paul Laurens, Benjamin Constant,and James McNeil Whistler. He opened a studio in Paris, which was a gathering place
for artists, and was the inspiration of a play by du Maurier and several Robert Chambers Novels.

White won awards for drawing at the Art Students League and at the Julian Academy. His murals (which were painted in Paris) hung, and in many cases still hang in Kentucky State Capitol, The Utah State Capital, The New Haven Courty Court House (CT), and the Oklahoma State Hospital. During his lifetime, his work was acquired by the Corcoran, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Philiadelphia Musuem of Art. Additionally, works are or were acquired by the Houston Museum, the Luxembourg Gallery and the City of Parrs Museum.

A protrait is in the collection of the University Club and a Mural was in the McAlpin Hotel. He designed a huge mural for the Agricultural Building in Washington DC for which he was paid $15,000. (Big Money for the 1920's).

In the days prior to the WPA, White was a much sought after
artist. White was a critic of the Public Works of Art Project (WPA) and once quipped that "No painting less important than "Whistler's Mother" should be hung in the White House."

In 1937, he had a one man show at the prestigious Paul Reinhardt Gallery. His work was largely ignored after his death until rediscovered by Hanover Square Gallery in the late 1980's. The Hanover Square Gallery Show featured many of the works exhibited at the Reinhardt Show, and brought much needed attention to this long neglected artist.

Submitted by Jeff Gold, Jeff Gold Fine Art - Private Dealer

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