|Elliot Torrey |
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Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches
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Elliot Torrey was born in East Hardwick, Vermont on January 7, 1867. After earning an M.A. degree from Bowdoin College in 1890, he studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and in Paris and Florence. He had a studio in Boston for a few years and, shortly after the turn of the century, spent a few years in Paris. Torrey worked in New York City from 1911 until his final move to southern California in 1923. After four years in Pasadena, he settled in San Diego where he remained. During 1933-34 he directed the Works Progress Administration Art Project there. He died on March 10, 1949. An Impressionist, his forte was painting children; however, he also did seascapes and scenes of the Arroyo Seco.
Member: San Diego Fine Arts Society; Laguna Beach Art Association; Salmagundi Club; Boston Art Club; Society of Independent Artists; Contemporary Artists of San Diego.
Exhibited: California State Building, World's Columbian Expo, Chicago, 1893; Boston Art Club, 1898, 1905; Klackner Galleries, New York City, 1907; Salon des Artistes Francais, Paris, 1910; Salmagundi Club, 1914; National Academy of Design, 1915; Macbeth Gallery, New York City, 1922; Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, 1924; San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, 1927; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1928-31; California State Fair, 1930.
Works Held: Art Institute of Chicago; Portage Hotel, Akron; Cleveland Museum; San Diego Museum; Akron Art Institute.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print