|Elizabeth Borglum |
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"Tonalist Landscape with Sheep"
Oil on Board
9 x 12 inches
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Elizabeth "Lisa" Putnam Janes was born on December 21, 1848, in Racine, Wisconsin, the daughter of Isaac and Julia Nelson (Collins) Janes. Her early schooling was in Boston, Massachusetts. She then studied music at Miss Graham's School, New York, and simultaneously started her art training there under Charles W. Knudsen in 1875. After teaching music near Milwaukee, she continued her art studies with William Keith in San Francisco in 1881. There she met John Gutzon Borglum, also a student, who later gained fame for his monumental creation, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The couple married in Los Angeles on September 10, 1889, and spent much of the next decade traveling, going to Europe in 1896 and 1898. Interspersed with these experiences, the couple purchased El Rosario, a house in Sierra Madre, California. It remained Elizabeth's home and the center for her painting and teaching, following the couple's divorce in 1908.
Elizabeth first specialized in still lifes, portraits, and animal studies. In the early 1900s she turned more to landscape and painted Southern California views. Local newspapers frequently mentioned her paintings of scenes in the vicinity of her home and works resulting annual visits to Santa Barbara and elsewhere in the north. During this period she also did paintings of San Juan Capistrano Mission, one of which was installed at the mission.
Elizabeth, who also studied with Jean Jules Salmson and Felix Hildago in Paris, J. Foxcroft Cole in California, and Emil Carlsen in London, had an impressive exhibition record, both in the United States and abroad. Her final years were spent in Venice, California, where she passed away on March 21, 1922.
Works Held: Sierra Nevada Museum, Reno.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.