Emma Mendenhall

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Emma Mendenhall
Born(1873-03-15)March 15, 1873
DiedMarch 25, 1964(1964-03-25) (aged 91)
EducationArt Academy of Cincinnati
Known forPainting
MovementImpressionism

Emma Mendenhall (March 15, 1873 – March 25, 1964) was an American landscape, portrait and still life painter. A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, where she taught at the Oakhurst School, Mendenhall also traveled widely, incorporating scenes of Europe and North America into her work.

Early life and education[edit]

Emma Mendenhall was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the eldest daughter of Charles and Fannie Mendenhall.[1] She was the niece of Cincinnati art patron and philanthropist Mrs. Larz Anderson, a connection which helped her become a part of local society.[2]

Mendenhall attended classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1890 to 1914, where she studied with Vincent Nowottny and Frank Duveneck.[3] She also studied at the Julian Academy in Paris with Jules Lefebrvre, with William Merritt Chase at the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art, and Charles Woodbury at his Ogunquit, Maine summer school.[4]

Career[edit]

Mendenhall taught at the Oakhurst School in Cincinnati, but she also traveled extensively with her friend and fellow artist Dixie Selden.[5] The pair traveled to France, Mexico, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, China, Japan, Morocco, England and the Holy Land.[6][7] Mendenhall often spent summers along the New England coast, where she painted with Annie Gooding Sykes.[8]

Known for her impressionistic watercolors,[9] Mendenhall also worked with oil and pastel. She produced portraits, landscapes, travel scenes, flowers and still lifes.[10] Her art was shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, including a 1910 exhibition of her works with those of Dixie Selden and Annie G. Sykes.[11]

Mendenhall was a member of the American Watercolor Society from 1921 to 1964.[12] She was also a member of the National Arts Club, the Washington Water Color Club, the Women's Art Club of Cincinnati, the Professional Artists of Cincinnati, the 3 Arts Club, and the MacDowell Club.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Weidman, Jeffrey; Library, Oberlin College (2000-01-01). Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary. Kent State University Press. ISBN 9780873386166.
  2. ^ "Emma Mendenhall". Mary Ran Gallery. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  3. ^ Petteys, Chris (1985). Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall & Co. p. 489. ISBN 0816184569.
  4. ^ "Emma Mendenhall". Mary Ran Gallery. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  5. ^ Weidman, Jeffrey; Library, Oberlin College (2000-01-01). Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary. Kent State University Press. ISBN 9780873386166.
  6. ^ Weidman, Jeffrey; Library, Oberlin College (2000-01-01). Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary. Kent State University Press. ISBN 9780873386166.
  7. ^ McChesney, H. V. (1937-01-01). "DIXIE SELDEN". Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society. 35 (112): 273–276. JSTOR 23371626.
  8. ^ Who was who in American Art 1564-1975: G-O. Sound View Press. 1999-01-01. ISBN 9780932087553.
  9. ^ "Emma Mendenhall". Mary Ran Gallery. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  10. ^ Petteys, Chris (1985-01-01). Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. G.K. Hall. p. 489. ISBN 9780816184569.
  11. ^ Museum, Cincinnati Art (1910-01-01). Special Exhibition by Emma Mendenhall, Dixie Selden and Annie G. Sykes: ... Feb. 19-Mar. 10, 1910.
  12. ^ Foster, Kathleen A. (2017-03-07). American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. Yale University Press. p. 390. ISBN 9780300225891.
  13. ^ Who was who in American Art 1564-1975: G-O. Sound View Press. 1999-01-01. p. 2247. ISBN 9780932087553.
  14. ^ Mendenhall, Emma, Street Scene, Brittany, retrieved 2017-03-26
  15. ^ "A Warm Day in the Market San Miguel d'Allende". Indianapolis Museum of Art Online Collection. Retrieved 2017-03-26.