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Frederick R. Wagner

  • Lived:
  • 1864-1940
  • Worked:
  • Pennsylvania
  • Style:
  • Landscape, Urban
  • Frederick Wagner, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania painter and teacher, was born in Port Kennedy, Pennsylvania in 1864.  Wagner enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1878-1884) and was made chief demonstrator of anatomy to the life classes by the Academy.  After completing his studies at the Academy where he studied under Thomas Eakins, he traveled west and began painting in California.

    Upon returning to Philadelphia, he took a job as an illustrator for the Philadelphia Press and was heavily influenced by the Urban Realism propagated by Robert Henri, William Glackens and John Sloan.  Wagner often painted impressionist urban scenes of Philadelphia, and like many of his contemporaries, he did work that often portrayed the overwhelming city diminishing the importance and frailty of humanity.

    He was asked to teach at the Pennsylvania Academy’s Chester Springs School and did so for seven years.  Around 1912, Wagner opened his studio in Philadelphia and founded the Addingham School of Painting in an old farmhouse, in a colony similar to the one in the New Hope area.  His modernist work is also highly sought after by collectors whose interest’s center around the artworks created by America’s “Avant-Garde” during the late 19th century and first four decades of the 20th century.

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins, 1878-1884

    Philadelphia Sketch Club
    Philadelphia Watercolor Club
    Philadelphia Art Alliance

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1882, 1883, 1885, 1887, 1888, 1890,
    1891, 1894, 1898-1902, 1906-1940 (Fellowship Prize, 1914)
    National Academy of Design, 1884, 1907, 1925, 1928
    Corcoran Gallery of Art Biennials, 1907-1935
    Art Institute of Chicago, 1906-1912, 1914, 1917, 1922, 1925, 1926
    Carnegie Institute, 1922 (honorable mention)
    Armory Show, New York City, 1913
    Philadelphia Art Club, 1922
    Philadelphia Sketch Club
    Panama-Pacific Expo, 1915
    Zabriskie Gallery, New York City, 1959 (solo)

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
    Philadelphia Art Club
    Reading Art Museum, Pennsylvania
    Cleveland Museum of Art
    Parrish Art Museum
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    American College of Surgeons
    Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
    Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware
    Philadelphia Sketch Club
    Delval Fine Art Consortium, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
    St. Louis Museum of Art
    Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    Kalamazoo Museum, Michigan
    Rochester Museum of Art, New York
    Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
    James A. Michener Art Museum

    Pennsylvania Academy’s Chester Springs School

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    20th Century Paintings from and Surrounding the New Hope Art Colony
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