Jean Crawford Adams

American, 1884 - 1972


Jean Crawford Adams was born in Chicago in 1884. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with Charles Hawthorne and George Bellows. In 1914, she won an Honorable Mention in portraiture. She also studied in Paris under Andre L’Hote, where she developed a unique Fauvist and Cubist style of painting, which she applied to her American landscapes and images of Chicago. She painted both abroad and throughout the United States. In Chicago, she was represented by Chester Johnson Galleries. While in Chicago in the 1930s, she also worked with the Federal Art Project of Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA). Adams works were included in the notable annual exhibitions of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Carnegie Institute, the Detroit Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. During her artistic career, she exhibited 50 works of art at the prestigious Annual Exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1915 and 1948. Adams work is best recognized for its vibrant color and fluid brushwork. The artist died in 1972 at the age of 86.

  • Adams 4113

    Federal Building Dome, ca. 1933
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 30 inches
    #4113
  • Adams 4114

    Untitled (Chicago River and Buildings), ca. 1922
    Oil on board
    13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
    #4114
  • 5137 adams 5137

    Untitled (Looking West from the Fine Arts Building), ca. 1933
    Oil on canvas
    25 1/2 x 32 inches
    #5137
    SOLD

Jean Crawford Adams was born in Chicago in 1884. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with Charles Hawthorne and George Bellows. In 1914, she won an Honorable Mention in portraiture. She also studied in Paris under Andre L’Hote, where she developed a unique Fauvist and Cubist style of painting, which she applied to her American landscapes and images of Chicago. She painted both abroad and throughout the United States. In Chicago, she was represented by Chester Johnson Galleries. While in Chicago in the 1930s, she also worked with the Federal Art Project of Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA). Adams works were included in the notable annual exhibitions of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Carnegie Institute, the Detroit Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. During her artistic career, she exhibited 50 works of art at the prestigious Annual Exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1915 and 1948. Adams work is best recognized for its vibrant color and fluid brushwork. The artist died in 1972 at the age of 86.

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