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Jane Eakin

 (1919 - 2002)
Jane Eakin was active/lived in New York, Pennsylvania / France.  Jane Eakin is known for interior view and figure painting, magazine illustration.

Jane Eakin

Biography from the Archives of askART

Born 23/10/1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died in December 2002 in Ménerbes.
Montée Saint Barbe - 84560 Ménerbes


Carnegie Institute, School of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1936-1937
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Ohio University, College of Fine Arts, Athens, Ohio, 1937-1939-1941
Cooper Union, Scholl of Arts, New York City, 1940-1941
The Art Students' League, New York City, 1944
Hans Hofmann School, New York City, 1944-1945
Académie Julian, Paris, 1948-1950


Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio, 1942-1943
Manhattanville College, New York City, 1945-1946
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 1945-1947
Sarah Lawrence College, Lacoste, France, 1973-1974-197


I Do All the Work (satirical drawings), 1945
What Science Says about Race, UNESCO, Paris, 1952

In freelance illustrations for magazines Life, Look, Architectural Forum, Reader's Digest, Vogue, New Yorker, Flair, Jazz at the Philharmonic .


Galerie du Colisee, Paris, 1959, 1961
Reflection Art Gallery, Lyon, 1960, 1965
Galerie Saint Antoine, Cannes, 1962
John Bernard Myers Gallery, New York City, 1972, 1974
Southeast Musuem, Bewster, New York, 1975
James Hunt Barker Gallery, New York City, 1976
Public Grenier, Isle-sur-Sorgue, France, 1985
Gallery Ménerbes, France, 1987
Chaplaincy Saint Jacques, Gordes, France, 1988
Cloister of the Cordeliers, Tarascon, France, 1990

Arthur Jeffries Gallery, London, 1957
Fourth International Exhibition, Vichy, 1959
"La Camargue", Lyon, 1960
Six painters of Paris, Paris, 1961
Exhibition of French Painting, Casablanca, 1962
Vanier Gallery, Geneva, 1962
Galerie de la Madeleine, Brussels, 1963
Exhibition of Vine and Wine, Montpellier, 1964
International Meeting, Castle Senaud, First Prize, 1966
International Meeting, Turin, Grand Prix, 1967
American Contemporary Artist's Gallery, New York City, 1971
Fuller Gallery, Stonington, Connecticut, 1974
Two Painters - Romantic Realism, Southeast Musuem, Brewster, New York, 1975


Biography from the Archives of askART
The following biographical information has been provided by Charles G. Eakin, brother of the artist:

Born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jane Eakin constantly sketched as a child, to the chagrin of our mother who would admonish her for drawing in the margins of books.  She attended Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania High School and graduated from Ohio University as an art major. 

She studied at Cooper Union, New York and from that experience had glowing things to say about Yasuo Kunyoshi.  She got a job doing line drawings for The New Yorker magazine and with Look Magazine doing the "Look Applauds" section and persuaded her then boss to send her on assignments in France.  During this time, for awhile she came back summers to Brewster, N.Y. but this arrangement got old and she then stayed in France and spent the rest of her life drawing and painting, settling in Saint Cloud..

She then became fast friends with U.S. members of the press, selling quite a few paintings to them and married Bob Kleiman of US News & World Report. She was friends with many types of people and as all Parisieners were at the time, she met Alice B Toklas and Joe Downing, and others.

In any case, she was divorced and moved to Menerbes (Vaucluse) where she lived and painted.  In the late forties, with the actress, Uta Hagen she went to Pablo Casal's Prades Festival of Music and met Isaac Stern.  The account of their romance can be read in Stern's book--My First Seventy Nine Years

She returned to the USA to have a show in Boulder, Colorado in the lobby of the theater where my Opera, Being of Sound Mind was being performed.  She stayed and loved being in France, living in Avignon at 11 Rue Victor Hugo for the rest of her life. The place houses many paintings by Eakin and is open to visitors.

She gave back to the people of Provence by having shows each summer which she could and the poster are still a hot item.

"I am not an artist, so I don't want to make comment. To me though, her work is very clear and all the painting were thought out." Charles G. Eakin

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About  Jane Eakin

Born:  1919 - PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died:   2002 - Menerbes, France
Known for:  interior view and figure painting, magazine illustration