|Alice Chittenden |
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"Floral Still Life"
Oil on Canvas
24 x 36 inches
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Chittenden. Alice grew up from infancy in San Francisco. Her father, a prosperous miner, encouraged her art studies. Beginning a long affiliation with the School of Design, she began her studies there in 1876 under Virgil Williams, and winning honors in drawing in 1877 and 1878 and an Avery silver medal in oil painting in 1879. Later, after a brief marriage to Charles P. Overton in 1886, she resumed her career as an artist while raising a daughter. During her residency in San Francisco, she taught at the California School of Design from 1897 until her retirement in 1940.
Alice gained perhaps her greatest recognition for paintings of California wildflowers. Eventually she completed 350 varieties in 256 studies from all parts of the state, each identified by its popular and botanical name. Working primarily in oils, she also produced a number of portraits, usually done in pastels, and landscapes. Many of the latter were of Marin county views, featuring the hillsides and Mount Tamalpais. She also traveled to the High Sierra, Palm Springs, and Nevada.
Alice painted in Wales, France, and Italy in 1908 and spent part of a leave of absence in New York in 1915, exhibiting for at least sixty years. She passed away on October 13, 1944, in San Francisco, California.
Member: San Francisco Art Association; American Federation of Arts; San Francisco Society of Women Artists.
Exhibited: Group: San Francisco Art Association from 1880; Mechanics' Institute Fairs; First Annual Exhibition of the Lady Artsits of San Francisco; California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894; Bohemian Club, 1898; Sketch Club; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935; Golden Gate Memorial Museum; and Golden Gate International Exposition, all in San Francisco; California State Fair, Sacramento; California Building in the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago; California Building in the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland, Oregon; Societe des Artistes Francais, Paris; and California Building in Alaska-Yukon-Pacific International Exposition, Seattlel; National Academy of Design.
Solo: Schussler Gallery, San Francisco, 1908; Golden Gate Memorial Museum, 1916; and Stanford Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California, 1918, 1922.
Works held: Shasta State Historic Park, Shasta, California;Oakland Museum of California; History Museum of San Jose; San Mateo County Historical Museum; Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino California; San Francisco Episcopal Divinity School; Boalt Law Hall, UC Berkeley, California; and Society of California Pioneers and California Historical Society, both in San Francisco.
Maurine St. Gaudens. "Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960" Vil. 1. 2015.