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Carl Graf

Carl Graf

1892 - 1947

Carl Graf was born September 24, 1892 in Bedford, Indiana. A lifelong artist, he began work as a cartoonist for the Bedford Daily Democrat after high school. He painted murals in his spare time to earn extra money and after two years was able to enroll at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. For several years Graf specialized in sculpting and portrait painting, while also enjoying and excelling at painting landscapes. Graf first gained recognition when he was asked to participate in a group commissioned to paint a mural for City Hospital in Indianapolis. The high profile project earned him the acclaim of both the public and his peers. Soon after, T. C. Steele invited Graf to visit Brown County, Indiana, an artists colony favored by Indianapolis and Chicago area painters. Brown County was known for its unspoiled landscape, rolling hills, colorful flora and quaint locals. Graf was enamored of the area, although he left to continue his art studies. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Art Students League in New York and finally the Cincinnati Academy of Art before returning to Brown County. He initially spent his summers painting there, often living out of his truck, but in 1925 he built a home, a studio and a frame shop and settled permanently in Brown County. Graf was an active member of the artist community, and helped to found the Brown County Art Association of which he served as its first president in 1926. Graf spent the next twenty years painting landscapes and executing commissioned portraits, while continuing to build his reputation as an artist. Graf passed away on January 28, 1947 after a case of influenza. Graf's reputation has endured, and he continues to be admired as a landscape painter and a master of color.

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