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Francis Adolf Van der Wielen

 (Born 1847)
Francis Adolf Van der Wielen was active/lived in Pennsylvania / Netherlands.  Francis Van der Wielen is known for academic painting, teaching.

Biography   Francis Adolf Van der Wielen

A Dutch artist who became an art instructor in Philadelphia in the 1870s, Francis Van der Wielen was an influence on Cecilia Beaux, who took lessons at his school for women in 1872 when she was age sixteen.  Beaux recalled him "as a good-looking yet somber young man with a ruddy complexion, a mass of auburn hair, a full beard, and a strong accent." (Carter 37)

At that time, his eyesight was deteriorating, and teaching was his financial salvation.

He was trained at the Antwerp Academy of the Arts, and using this classical training in his classes, had his students draw from the antique and master perspective and value.

Alice A. Carter, Cecilia Beaux

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