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161. Carl Krafft (1884-1938) was born in Ohio. He moved to Illinois and had a studio in Oak Park. He traveled to Brown County, Indiana, where he would have been influence by T.C. Steele and other Brown County artists well featured within this site. He then traveled to the Ozarks of south-central Missouri. In the Ozarks, he and Rudolph Ingerle, who first visited the mountainous region in 1912, created a major art colony called the Society of Ozark Painters. Painters were attracted there because they were enchanted by the dramatic landscape of the region and "the delicate color of its hazy atmosphere." Krafft's first painting of the Ozarks that brought him attention was "The Charms of the Ozarks". It was in the 1916 annual exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded a $500. prize. The Hudson River Valley of New York State was another region of interest. He visited there in 1925 and painted numerous large landscapes. Krafft died in Oak Park in 1938. This oil is owned by the Oak Park Public Library.

Carl Krafft "A Poet's Home"
H. 27" X W. 24" Before Treatment
           

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William Edouard Scott "Freedom" 1955
H.54" X w. 34" Before Treatment

162. From a recent inclusion, one of the great Chicago African-American artists was William Edouard Scott (1884-1964). He was born in Indianapolis and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago where he received early training as a muralist. After further study in Paris at the Académie Julian and with Henry Ossawa Tanner, Scott returned to Chicago where he painted numerous portraits and murals. In 1931, he traveled to Haiti where he was an artist in residence under a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship. I have had the pleasure of overseeing the conservation of all of his surviving murals in Chicago, including works at Shoop Elementary School, Lane Technical College Preparatory School and the Wabash YMCA. His great murals at Chicago's Pilgrim Baptist Church were destroyed last year in a devastating fire which gutted the entire building. The left image is owned by the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago and will be displayed in an upcoming exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis.
           

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163. The Indiana State Museum is the owner of hundreds of works by T. C. Steele, the leading artist of the Hoosier School of Midwestern Impressionists. Steele was born in 1847 and died in 1926. During his formative years he moved to Munich and studied at the Royal Academy of Art with Frank Duveneck and Ludwig Loefftz. In 1885 he returned to Indianapolis and established an art school with William Forsyth. While his landscapes are his signature style, he was also a very fine portrait artist. Today he is remembered as Indiana's finest artist from the early part of the 20th century. These paintings represent a total of 35 canvases conserved for the museum over the last three years.
           

T.C. Steele "16th and Penn. Streets, Indianapolis"
1893    H. 16" X W. 24" Before Treatment

T.C. Steele "Winter Scene"
H. 14" X W. 21" Before Treatment
           

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T.C. Steele "Portrait Study of a Black Man"
H. 20" X W. 28" After Treatment
           
           


           
164. The Iowa State Historical Society has a vast collection of early-American portraiture. The below oval pendant paintings represent Peter Twiss Russell (1801-1881) and his wife, Adelgertha ( 1824-1897). Peter was a member of the state legislature and the Chaplin of the 39th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War. His wife was a newspaper writer and an advocate of women's suffrage. Both oils were painted by Benjamin F. Witmer (1841-1916). Witmer was born in Indiana but came to Iowa at the age of twelve. He was a highly acclaimed portrait artist during his period.
           

Benjamin Witmer "Portrait of Peter Twiss Russell"
ca. 1850   H. 26
1/2" X W. 21 3/4" Before Treatment

Benjamin Witmer "Portrait of Adelgertha Russell"
ca. 1850   H. 26
1/2" X W. 21 3/4" Before Treatment
           

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The lower left portrait could be either John Cook or Aaron Stevens, both of whom were trusted lieutenants of John Brown on his famous raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. The artist, Isaac Weatherby, was asked to paint portraits of John Brown and his associates by an Iowa Quaker. The State Historical Museum has the John Brown portrait and this currently unidentified painting is similar in technique to the Brown work. The image is also similar to photographs of both Cook and Stevens. Witmer worked in numerous areas including New York, Boston, Kentucky and Iowa. Later in his career he became interested in photography and pursued both disciplines. The right portrait depicts Jennie Jones, the first women's State Golf Champion. The portrait was painted in 1916, just one year before she was killed in an automobile accident.
           

Attr. Isaac Weatherby "Portrait of John Cook?"
ca. 1865   H. 23" X 18" Before Treatment

Nicholas R. Brewer "Portrait of Jennie Jones"
1916    H. 34" X W. 26" Before Treatment
 

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165. These four paintings are owned by the Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago, Illinois. The art collection in the Spertus Museum includes a number of pieces from the 18th century and before, but the true strength of the collection is in pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries including paintings, drawings, prints, graphics, photographs and sculptures by American, Israeli, Mexican and European artists. These paintings are by Todros Geller (1889-1949) and are all oil on canvas.
           

Todros Geller "Portrait of an Artist"
H. 24" X W. 22" Before Treatment

Todros Geller "Portrait of Ben Shalom"
H. 30" X W. 32" Before Treatment
           

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Geller was born in the Ukraine of Russia. In 1906, when he was seventeen years old, he immigrated with his family to Montreal, Canada. There he studied art, married and then moved to Chicago in 1918. He continued his art studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and became a leading artist within the city's art community. He was a source of inspiration to others, including Aaron Bohrod and Mitchell Siporin. Geller's works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
           

Todros Geller "Jerusalem Courtyard"
H. 28" X W. 24" Before Treatment

Todros Geller "Mitzi"
H. 30" X W. 36" Before Treatment
           

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