|Albert Thomas De Rome|
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"Near Elkhorn Lupine"
Oil on canvas
6 x 8 inches
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Albert Thomas De Rome was born in Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County, California on June 26, 1885. In his youth De Rome worked at the Congress Spring Hotel in Saratoga, at the Palace Hotel and his uncle’s Globe Foundry in San Francisco. He studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Mathews, Stanton, and Latimer. De Rome applied his initially to political cartoons and commercial ventures. His close friends and sketching partners included painters William Keith, Carlos Hittell, Will Sparks, Frank Moore, Percy Gray and Gunnar Widforss. From 1915-31 he made many painting expeditions to Nevada, Arizona, and throughout California. Following a serious auto accident in 1931, De Rome gradually recovered the ability to paint; however an insurance policy prevented him from selling his work or exhibiting as a professional artist. He did exhibit as an amateur in Northern California, gaining recognition and several first prizes. He would often give his paintings to friends and relatives in exchange for favors. An Impressionist, his work includes luminous landscapes, coastals, and seascapes in oil and watercolor. DeRome spent his later years on the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove. He died in Carmel on July 31, 1959.
Member: Carmel Art Association; California Collehe of Arts and Crafts (trustee).
Exhibited: California State Fairs, Sacramento; Monterey County Fairs; Santa Cruz Art League; University of California, Santa Cruz, 1985; Gump’s 1986, 1987 (solo); Carmel Art Association, 1987.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.