California artist Anna Katharine Steele turns her penetrating gaze on an intimate urban encounter for a change, at a pizza joint. This lively drawing is gently comical and deeply sympathetic to its subjects.
A painter and muralist, Anna Katharine Skeele was born in Wellington, OH on July 12, 1896. She began her art studies while at Olivet (Ml) College. After moving to southern California in 1912, she settled in Monrovia and continued at Pomona College. During the 1920s she further studied at the California School of Fine Arts, with Armin Hansen in Monterey, Art Students League of New York City under Charles Hawthorne and Frederic Bridgman at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and with André Lhote in Paris, and at the Royal Academy of Arts in Florence. She was an art teacher at Monrovia High School for many years and summers were often spent among the Native Americans of Taos. In 1946 she wed artist Frode Dann, and in 1951 the Danns established the Pasadena School of Fine Arts. Mrs. Dann died in Pasadena on June 28, 1963.
Painter and muralist Anna Katherine Skeele is best known for her studies of Southwest Native Americans. She began painting the people of the Southwest in 1928, when she first visited Taos, NM and was attracted to their dignity, humor, and simple approach to life. She returned to New Mexico often until 1957, and also went occasionally to Arizona, to paint and sketch the people and landscape in a style that was at first representational and later, around 1948, tended towards the abstract. Both her representational and abstract portraits and figure studies show an intense sensitivity towards her subjects.
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