Carle J. Blenner
(1862 - 1952)

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Carle Johann Blenner was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1864. He was educated at Marburg, Germany, and graduated from the Yale University Art School. His studies continued at the Academie Julian in Paris for six years. From the 1890s, he maintained a working studio on 57th Street in New York City for more than fifty years. Blenner's talent was recognized in the United States early on, as two of his paintings were selected for exhibition at the important 1893 Chicago World's Fair Columbian Exposition. He also exhibited regularly at the National Academy of Design and won the prestigious Hallgarten Prize in 1899. The early years for Blenner were also his most successful commercially, as he was in high demand as a portraitist of the wealthy, titled and famous. He eventually settled in Connecticut.

Blenner was a member of several prominent art clubs and organizations including the American Federation of Artists, the Greenwich Academy of Fine Arts, the Greenwich Art Association, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, the Newport Art Association, Rhode Island, the Salmagundi Club, and the Washington Arts Club, Washington, D.C.


 

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