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Albert Henry Krehbiel
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Sex:M
Age:71
Birth Date:November 25, 1873
Astrology Sign:Sagittarius
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Died Date:June 29, 1945
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Occupation:Artist/Painter

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ALBERT HENRY KREHBIEL
Albert Henry Krehbiel

Biography:Albert Henry Krehbiel (November 25, 1873 - June 29, 1945) was an American impressionist painter.

Born in Denmark, Iowa, in 1873, Albert Henry Krehbiel was a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, where, in 1902, he was granted an American Traveling Scholarship to study abroad. In 1903, he began his three years of study at the Académie Julian in Paris under “history” painter and muralist Jean-Paul Laurens. Krehbiel won four gold medals at the Académie Julian (the only American ever to have done so) as well as the coveted Prix de Rome. In 1905, he received the esteemed honor of having two of his neoclassical works selected by jury for the annual exhibition at the Salon Des Artistes Francais in Paris (also known as the Paris Salon).

Returning to the United States, Krehbiel was commissioned to design and paint the mural for the wall of the Chicago Juvenile Court in 1906. In 1907, he was unanimously awarded the commission in a national competition to design and paint the eleven wall and two ceiling murals for the Supreme and Appellate Court Rooms of the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield, the state's capitol. Begun in 1907, the final Supreme Court Building mural was completed and installed in 1911. Mr. W. Carby Zimmerman, architect of the building, considered the work done by Krehbiel to be "an example of the best mural painting ever executed in the West".

In 1918 and 1919, Krehbiel spent his summers at art colonies in Santa Monica, California, and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1920 through 1923, he spent summers exclusively in Santa Fe as an exhibiting member of the Santa Fe Art Colony. In the summers of 1922 and 1923, Krehbiel was invited by the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe to participate in its Visiting Artists Program and was given a studio in the prestigious Palace of the Governors next to his contemporary, Ashcan realist Robert Henri.

Krehbiel had associations and exhibitions with the other artists of the Santa Fe Art Colony -- and the Taos Society of Artists -- such as George Bellows and Gustave Baumann (exhibition in McPherson, Kansas, 1918), and B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Marsden Hartley, and Sheldon Parsons (exhibition in El Paso, Texas, 1920). Other notable artists that Krehbiel exhibited with during this period include Victor Higgins, Earnest Blumenschein, John Sloan, Raymond Johnson, and Stuart Davis.

Krehbiel was a member of the faculty at The Art Institute of Chicago for 39 years and at the Armour Institute of Technology (later Illinois Institute of Technology after merging with Lewis Institute) for 32 years. In 1926, he helped pioneer the Chicago Art Institute Summer School of Painting (later named Ox-Bow) in Saugatuck, Michigan, where he spent most of his remaining summers teaching and painting. In 1934, Krehbiel opened his own summer school of art in Saugatuck called the AK Studio. When able to break away from his students, he would capture the surrounding rolling hills and the Kalamazoo River in oil, watercolor, and pastel. He would often visit Saugatuck in winters to portray the area in its vast and billowing cover of snow.

Throughout the years, Krehbiel painted continuously. From his brightly colored Santa Fe and Santa Monica landscapes to his historic Chicago cityscapes and wooded presentations of rural Midwest, he painted incessantly and without regard for the elements.

Albert Henry Krehbiel died from a heart attack on June 29, 1945 in Evanston, Illinois, while preparing for a traveling and painting trip through Illinois and Kansas. His death occurred a few days after his retirement from teaching at the Illinois Institute of Technology, although he had agreed to stay on at The Art Institute of Chicago for one more year.

During his prolific career, Krehbiel's works were shown in a multitude of exhibitions. Krehbiel's career resume of prominent exhibitions includes the following:

The American Art Association in Paris, Paris, France, 1905 Salon Des Artistes Francais, Paris, 1905 The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1923, 1928, and 1931 The Fiesta Exhibition of Paintings by Artists of New Mexico at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, 1923 The First Exhibition of the National Society of Mural Painters at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, 1925 A total of thirty-two exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1906 through 1939 Many of Krehbiel's works are held in private collections throughout the world as well as in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, the De Paul University Art Gallery in Chicago, the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company in Fort Worth, Texas. Krehbiel has work listed in the Smithsonian Institution Inventories of American Paintings and Sculpture, and selected archival material on Krehbiel's career is available at the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art in Washington, D. C., as well as at The Art Institute of Chicago's Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and at fine arts libraries throughout the country.

The article is based on a text written by Don Ryan of The Krehbiel Corporation, also found at .


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Albert Henry Krehbiel's Personality Tarot Card The Wheel of Fortune - Personality Card

Birthday: November 25, 1873

A new chapter is starting; problems are solved through changes in circumstances.

Albert Henry Krehbiel's Character Tarot Card The Magician - Character Card

Birthday: November 25, 1873

Creative initiative, skill and opportunities for new ventures.


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Albert Henry Krehbiel's Growth Tarot Card The Hanged Man

Birthday: November 25, 2010

A sacrifice must be made in order to gain something of great value.

 

 

 

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