|Alexandra Bradshaw |
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"Land O' Cotton"
Oil on canvas
26 x 36 inches
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Alexandra Christine Bradshaw was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 20, 1888. When she was a child, her family moved to the United States; they were living in Kansas by 1895. After first attending junior college in San Jose, California, she received a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University in 1909. Over time, she continued her studies at Columbia University in New York, and then with Warren T. Hedges, Rex Slinkard, and Hans Hofmann at the University of California< lOs Angeles, and finally with Andre Lhote in Paris, France. After teaching for a few years in Los Angeles, she began teaching at Fresno State Normal School in Fresno, California. In 1922, she became head of the art department at what was then Fresno State Teachers College; she retained the title of professor emeritus at the school after 1948. By 1954, she had wed Clarence B. Hoag and was living in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on large acreage outside of Boston, while still maintaining a residence at Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach, which had been her summer retreat while in Fresno, and she continued to exhibit in California.
Alexandra's oeuvre included oils, watercolor lithography, and etching.
Member: Fresno Art Association; Pacific Art Association; San Francisco Women Artists; Printmakes Society of California; Bakersfield Art Association; and the Boston Watercolor Painters.
Exhibited: San Francisco Women Artists, 1932 (award); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; South Pasadena High School, 1939; California Watercolor Society, 1940-53; Laguna Beach Art Association, 1941-48 (awards); San Francisco Museum of Art, 1943; Riverside Museum, 1944, 1946; Paramount High School 1952; San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, 1955; City of Paris Gallery, San Francisco, 1955; the Little Gallery, Boston, Mass., 1955; Pasadena Art Institute, 1958; Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, Mass., 1958; and more.
Collections: Fresno State College and East Bakersfield High School, California.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1933; Who's Who in American Art 1936-66; Fresno Bee, 7-20-1958.
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