Frederic Tellander

American, 1878 - 1977

Fountain - Place de l'Observatoire, 1930
Oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches (framed 36 x 42 inches)

Signed and dated Frederic Tellander, ‘30 lower right.


Frederic Tellander received an award of $500 for this painting in 1931 at the Semi-annual Exhibition of the Chicago Galleries Association. The painting was reproduced in the January 15, 1931 issue of Art Digest magazine.

Frederic Tellander was born in Paxton Illinois in 1878. He was a largely self-taught artist, who achieved national acclaim for his paintings during the 1920s and '30s. While recognized as an important Chicago artist, he traveled abroad and frequently painted in Paris between the wars. He is best known for his triumphant views of both Paris and Chicago. Tellander also painted as a commercial artist and completed numerous print advertisements for the Studebaker Corporation, especially those created during WWII featuring the B-17 bomber, the "Flying Fortress". He exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the Art Institute of Chicago 93 times between 1910-1941, winning numerous prizes. His work can be found in the collections of the Union League Club of Chicago and the Illinois State Museum, among others. Tellander died in Elkhart, IN at the age of 99 in 1977.

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