Arthur E. Becher

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Arthur E. Becher
Born Arthur Ernst Becher
(1877-07-29)July 29, 1877
Freiburg, Germany
Died November 4, 1960(1960-11-04) (aged 83)
Poughkeepsie, New York
Nationality American
Known for Illustration

Arthur E. Becher (July 7, 1877 - November 4, 1960)[1] was an American Illustrator.


Becher was born in Germany and emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of eight. He joined Milwaukee Art Student's League and sketched at Jones Island with Louis Mayer and other artists. In 1899, he moved with William Aylward to Wilmington, Delaware. For a couple of years starting in 1902 he studied under illustrator Howard Pyle. In 1904, he married Freida L. Knappe and moved to Ardsley, New York.[1][2][3] Freida was frequently a model for his book and magazine illustrations.

In 1908, Appleton's Magazine sent Becher to London where he sketched the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum. While in Europe he took the opportunity to study oil painting with German artist, Otto Leopold Strutzel.[1]

Becher's career spanned 40 years and illustrated for many of the leading magazines of the day including Collier's Weekly, McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal, Scribner's Magazine and Pictoral Review. Much of his work were drawings completed in carbon or charcoal pencil but did work in large scale oil painting. Although much of his work had an allegorical theme and frequently used with poetry, he did paint landscapes.[2][3]

In 1959, the common council of Milwaukee purchased some of Becher's work depicting Jones Island for $1,800.[4]


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  1. ^ a b c "Museum of Wisconsin Art - Arthur E. Becher". 
  2. ^ a b "Sacred Art Pilgrim - Arthur E. Becher". 
  3. ^ a b Reed, Walt and Roger, The Illustrator in America 1880-1980, page 116. Madison Square Press Inc., 1984.
  4. ^ Stover, Frances (22 November 1959), Jones Island It Was, Milwaukee, WI: The Milwaukee Journal 

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