Born in Lawrence, Kansas on March 26, 1880, Theodore Criley began his
art studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and continued in Paris at
Académie Julian (1913-15). A businessman, he had hotels in
Chicago and Kansas City until the close of WWI.
He then sold his businesses and moved to California in 1917. He built a
home in Carmel Highlands where he remained. There he became a
close friend of artists John O'Shea and Wm Ritschel whom he often
accompanied on painting forays.
Criley died on Oct. 5, 1930 in Santa Clara, CA.
His style shows the influence of the French Impressionists. Many of his
works are signed with his initials or a monogram of the letters TMC.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs
(Bénézit, E); Artists of the American West
(Doris Dawdy); American Art Annual
1915-31; Carmel Pine Cone, 10-10-1930 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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