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Cornelis J. Botke
(1887-1954)


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"Western Landscape"
Oil on Board
24 x 30 inches




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Etcher, painter and printmaker, Cornelis Botke was born in Leewarden, Freisland, Holland on July 6, 1887 and was the son of a horticulturist. Botke studied at the School of Applied Design in Harlem before immigrating to the United States in 1908. He worked with his architect cousin in Wisconsin then moved to Chicago, Illinois. Here he worked as an artistís assistant in an interior decoratorís studio, then as a draughtsman. Botke later opened his own studio making finished paintings of buildings under construction while studying at night at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Botke met Jessie Arms in 1914 and a year later they married. The couple worked together for years in various interior design projects such as the Kellogg Factory, Michigan, 1914 and the Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago in 1917. In 1919, the couple moved to Carmel, California where he was an instructor and active participant with the Carmel Arts and Crafts. The couple visited Europe in 1923 for traveling, studying, painting, and sketching. They returned to Carmel in 1925 and moved to Los Angeles. Eventually in 1927, they bought a ranch near Santa Paula and settled there. He died there on Sept. 16, 1954.

Member: Carmel Art Association; California Art Club; California Society of Etchers; California Watercolor Society; Foundation of Western Art; American Society of Graphic Arts; Chicago Society of Etchers; California Printmakers.

Exhibited: Chicago Fine Arts Building, 1918; Art Institute of Chicago, 1918, 1921; Arizona State Fair, 1929; Springville Museum, Utah, 1928; California Art Club, 1929; California State Fair, 1929; Chicago Society of Etchers, 1934; Society of American Etchers, 1935.

Works Held: California State Library; New York Public Library; Santa Monica Public Library; Art Institute of Chicago; Lincoln Art Association, Nebraska; Los Angeles Public Library of Congress.

Sources:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.
Carmel Art Association, Botke-McComas-Seidneck. Print.