Adam Emory Albright, 1862-1957
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Adam Emory Albright, 1862 - 1957
Oil painting on canvas, signed lower left [below please read provenance].
Size: 36" X 48", original frame--if requested by the new owner, the frame will be professionally restored before delivery 43 1/2" x 55 1/2" with frame.
This painting and one more by Adam Emory Albright have been consigned to us by a member of the family who personally knew the artist and still owns eleven of his paintings. This is the letter that she sent to us in this regard: "... in the 50's, my father saw a painting by Adam Emory Albright at a friend's home and was so taken with it, that he made an arrangement to view other works at the artist's home in Winnetka, Illinois. We lived in Chicago, so it was an easy trip. Later that evening, my father came home and his big Cadillac was loaded with canvases from Adam Emory Albright. He had tied the biggest, and in his opinion the best, of the works on the roof of the Cadillac. The wind had shredded the canvas and my father's despair was evident. He had bought 12 pieces in all, with 11 remaining. A short time later, Adam Emory Albright came to dinner at our house. I remember that he was a very old man and I think he had a white beard. He was kind and gentle and I was very young, 10 or 11 years old. Those paintings graced the walls of our house thereafter and I grew up with them. As my parents aged, my two sisters and myself made choices and years later they graced the walls of our own houses.... "
The condition is simply excellent, one small tear has been patched and restored by museum qualified art conservator.
Born in Monroe, Wisconsin, Adam Albright was one of the first students at the newly established Art Institute of Chicago from 1881 to 1883 and went on to become a noted landscape, still life, and figure painter, especially of country children. Likely some of his earliest work was done in Kansas because he was a graduate of Kansas University.
At the Chicago Art Institute, he was a student of Henry Fenton Spread and John Vanderpoel. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1883 to 1886 with Thomas Eakins, and in Paris with Benjamin Constant and also in Munich. He established his studio in Chicago in 1888 and became President of the Chicago Watercolor Club and was a member of the Chicago Academy of Design.
Apparently early in his career, he chose his subject of juvenile subjects for which he became famous, and after the Columbian Exposition when he was exposed to Impressionism, his work became more colorful and sun filled. From 1908, he spent many summers at the art colony of Brown County, Indiana, and from 1917 frequently spent winters in Arizona where he painted desert landscapes and figures. He was a teacher at the Albright Atelier, in Lamar, Missouri and also lived in Winnetka and Warrenville, Illinois.
About him, William Gerdts wrote: "No other Chicago artist's work was so widely exhibited at the Art Institute; . . . A constant flow of articles appeared about the artist and his work, all praising his innate sympathy with childhood and with the rural environment and referring to him as the 'James Whitcomb Riley of the Brush.' " (Art Across America, Vol 2). This biography from the Archives of AskART