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Henrietta Shore
(1880-1963)


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Henrietta Shore was a painter and lithographer born in Toronto, Canada on January 22, 1880. Shore began painting at age 13 and studied at St. Maryís college in Toronto, Art Students League in New York City under Henri, and in London at Heatherly Art School. While in London she became a friend of John Singer Sargent who greatly influenced her work. She maintained a studio in Los Angeles (1913-20) and, upon moving to New York City in 1921, became an American citizen. Although based in New York City during the 1920s, summers were spent in Hollywood where she was active in the local art scene.

Shore was internationally known when an invitation to exhibit brought her to the Monterey Peninsula in 1928. After establishing a studio in Carmel, she lived there the rest of her life. Her early works were realistically depicted, whereas her style later matured into Impressionism and semi-abstract forms. Her visual repertoire includes landscapes, portraiture, figure studies, and floral still lifes. Robert Henri hailed her as one of the great women painters of her time. "Henrietta Shore and her Work" by Merle Armitage was published in 1963 and a chapter was devoted to her in the 1939 book entitled "Art From the Mayans to Walt Disney" by Jean Charlot. She died in a sanitarium in San Jose, California on May 17, 1963.

''I was on my way home from school and saw myself in a puddle. It was the first time I had seen my image completely surrounded by nature, and I suddenly had an overwhelming sense of belonging to it--of actually being part of every tree and flower. I was filled with a desire to tell what I felt through painting.'' --Henrietta Shore

(Henrietta Shore: A Retrospective Exhibition, 1900-1963; 1986, Monterey Museum of Art, p.12)

Member: Society of Independent Artists; New York Society of Women (founder); Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles (founder); Carmel Art Association; Los Angeles Modern Art Society (founder); California Watercolor Society.

Exhibited: Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915 (silver medal); San Francisco Art Association 1916-19, 1930 (prize); Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1914, 1917, 1918 (jointly with Helena Dunlap), 1927; San Francisco Society of Women Artists, 1928 (first prize); California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1928, 1931; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Ottawa Gallery, Canada; San Diego Fine Art Gallery, 1920ís (solo); Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, 1986 and Laguna Museum, 1987 (retrospectives).

Works Held: Library of Congress; National Gallery of Canada; San Diego Museum; Dallas Museum; University of Washington, Seattle. Murals: San Francisco Assessorís Office; Santa Cruz Post Office; Custom House and Post Office, Monterey.

American Art Annual 1915-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-43; Who's Who in California 1942; Yesterday's Artists Monterey Penninsula; Who's Who's Pacific Coast 1949; Who's Who in America; Southern California Artists; California Arts & Architecture; Panama-Pacific International Exposition cat.; Monterey: The Artistís View 1925-45; American Women Artists; Antiques and Fine Art magazine, December 1986.

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.