The back section has a pretty comprehensive biographical dictionary of the “historical women artists of Indiana.” My passion for one of the ladies included therewith makes me love it that much more. This book taunts me with its fabulousness and entices me to continue my research of Virginia Keep Clark. One day, she will be the subject of my impassioned first book…or at least a monograph.
My muse. Virginia Keep Clark, with her water color class–her students were convalescing WWII soldiers
If you’re more into the masculine artists of Indiana’s yesteryear, and a good portion of the John Herron Art Institute’s earliest teaching staff, but still want ample visual amusement, Judith Vale Newton also wrote the biographical essays in THE HOOSIER GROUP: FIVE AMERICAN PAINTERS. Though out of print, I believe it is available at the library. Fascinating to learn more of the beloved Hoosier group: Otto Stark, Theodore C. Steele, J. Ottis Adams, William Forsyth and Richard B. Gruelle. I admit, I am inclined prejudiced in favor of Steele and Stark, if for no other reason, because they are former residents Herron-Morton Place.
If you find this one, snap it up! It’s been out of print for some time…