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Francis Chapin

Francis Chapin

1899 - 1965

Francis Chapin was one of Chicago's premier 20th century painters. The esteemed Modernist was a much beloved figure in the Old Town arts community from the 1920s until his death in 1965. He was a respected artist, teacher and critic. Chapin was born in Bristolville, Ohio in 1899. He attended Washington and Jefferson College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; upon graduation he taught lithography and painting from 1926 through 1946. Chapin was also involved with the Summer School at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan where he taught from 1936 - 1948 and was director from 1942 - 1946. Though Chicago was home for Chapin, he was well traveled. He painted around the country particularly in Martha's Vineyard and the Southwest, as well as in Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France and the French West Indies. Chapin's paintings are represented in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, the Davenport Municipal Gallery and the Georgia Museum.


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