Grace Albee

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Grace Albee
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Grace Albee, 1932 Aug.
Born Grace Thurston Arnold
July 28, 1890 (1890-07-28)
North Scituate, Rhode Island
Died July 26, 1985 (1985-07-27) (aged 94)
Nationality American
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design
Known for Printmaking
Spouse(s) Percy Albee
Awards 3rd prize, 1942 Artists for Victory exhibition

Grace Thurston Arnold Albee (July 28, 1890 – July 26, 1985)[1] was an American printmaker and wood engraver. During her sixty-year working life, she created more than two hundred and fifty prints from linocuts, woodcuts, and wood engravings.

Grace was born in Rhode Island. She studied painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design, and married muralist Percy F. Albee in 1913. She resumed painting while living in Paris with her husband and five sons between World War I and World War II, where she associated with fellow expatriate artists including Norman Rockwell and engraver Paul Bornet. In Paris, Albee developed a passion for depicting her urban and natural environments. Her work was received well; Albee exhibited at several Paris Salons and had her first one-woman exhibition at the American Library in Paris in 1932.[2] The Albees returned to the United States in the 1933 and lived in New York City and Grace produced prints of the city. In 1937, they moved to Doylestown, Pennsylvania and her prints switched to rural subjects. The images of rural life that she produced while lived in Pennsylvania are probably her best known works. Albee was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member in 1942, and made a full member in 1946.[3] The Albees lived in Pennsylvania until 1962 after which they lived in Kew Gardens, New York (1962–1974) and then in Barrington, Rhode Island (1974–1985).

Albee works are represented in a number of public collections in the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 1976, eighty of her works were displayed in a retrospective exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum. The Library of Congress has 23 of her prints in its collection. Her works are also housed the Smithsonian Institution, in the Rosenwald Collection in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Boston Public Library.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raisonne: Artist Biography
  2. ^ "Grace Arnold Albee | National Museum of Women in the Arts". nmwa.org. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  3. ^ Seaton, Elizabeth (2006). Paths to the Press : Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960. Manhattan, Kansas: Marianna Kistler Museum of Art. p. 86. ISBN 1890751138. 

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