Carl Thorp

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Carl M Thorp
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Thorp in the 1970s
Carl Maurice Thorp

(1881-10-25)25 October 1881
Lubbock, Texas
Died18 December 1989(1989-12-18) (aged 77)
EducationAlfred Mitchell
Maurice Braun
Academy of Fine Arts
Known forPainting, teaching

Carl Thorp (1912–1989) was an American artist who became known for Impressionist landscapes of California, sometimes referred to as California Scene Painting, as well as New York City, Boston and New Orleans Cityscapes. He was born in Lubbock, Texas on November 14, 1912.

According to a friend, Carl knew in his early teens he wanted art to be his path in life. But his father was not very amused by Carl’s interest and only bought him black and white oil paints.[1] Perhaps this was his father’s attempt to discourage Carl. At the age of 16 Carl left home heading for San Diego, California. There he studied at the San Diego State College, and the Academy of Fine Arts (1932-1935) under Maurice Braun and Alfred Mitchell.

In the 1950s he organized art schools throughout California and was the Director at the Art center on Lombard street2[2] and oil painting instructor at Peninsula Arts & Crafts, School of Fine Arts in the mid-1950s.[3]

In the late 1950s Thorp moved to Louisiana where he lived part-time for most of his career and eventually died. According to the Biloxi Daily Herald March 22, 1970, Carl had a studio at 809 Bourbon St. in New Orleans.[4]

Carl frequently traveled up the coast to New York, and Massachusetts and many of his paintings contain subject matter from these locals.


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  2. ^ The Daily Review Hayward (June 21, 1956). "Carl Thorp To Address Art Group" (June 21, 1956). San Leandro: The Daily Review Hayward. p. 16.
  3. ^ "Advertisement for Peninsula Arts & Crafts" (July 8, 1953). San Mateo, CA: San Mateo Times. San Mateo Times. July 8, 1953. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Carl Thorp One-Man Mall Show" (March 22, 1970). Biloxi, Mississippi. Biloxi Daily Herald. March 22, 1970. p. 10.