|Anne M. Bremer|
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"Still Life with Hydreangeas"
Oil on canvas
28 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches
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Anne M. Bremer was born in San Francisco, California on May 21, 1868 of German parents. At twelve, she spent a year visiting the important galleries of Europe and, after returning to the Bay Area, studied at the California School of Design and the San Francisco Art Students League under Arthur F. Mathews and Emil Carlsen. She made two more trips to Europe, first in 1901, and then 1910-1911, to study at La Palette and L'Academie Moderne in Paris, with side trips to Brittany and Barbizon. She returned to San Francisco, where she remained active as an artist and teacher.
After her studies, Bremer was a strong crusader for the modern art movement. At the turn of the century her avant garde approach departed greatly from the more accepted, academic style of that period. Although best known for her still lifes, Anne devoted much time to the California landscape, producing canvases of the local scene as well as views in Monterey and Marin countries. She also captured rustic structures on the fringes of San Josa, Saratoga, and other Northern California communities.
A lifelong resident of San Francisco, she died there on October 26, 1923, a victim of leukemia.
Member: San Francisco Society of Women Artists; San Francisco Art Association (board of directors); San Francisco Sketch Club, (President 1905-1907); California Art Club (President).
Exhibited: Group: California State Fair, Sacramento; Hotel Del Monte, Monterey; Del Monte Art Gallery, Monterey, 1907-14; Berkley Art Association; Paris Salon; Salon d’Automne, Paris, 1911; Society of Washington Artists; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Society of Independent Artists, New York; San Francisco Art Association, 1903-22; Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco (bronze); Provincetown Art Association, Mass.; de Young Museum, 1915, 1916; Hill Tolerton Gallery, San Francisco, 1916, 1922.
Solo: Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, San Francisco, 1912; Arlington Gallery, New York, 1917; California Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 1919, 1923; San Francisco Print Room, 1922-1923.
Works held: Oakland Museum of California and Mills College Art Museum, Oakland; YMCA, San Jose, 1916 (decorative panel); Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, 1914 (mural); Monterey Museum of Art; and San Francisco Museum of Art.
Emerging from the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960, Vol. I