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Alice Beach Winter
Bass Rocks, Gloucester
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.
Alice Beach Winter
The Flower Garden
Oil on canvas
32 x 26 in.
Alice Beach Winter

(American, 1877-1970)

Alice Beach Winter was a consummate American Impressionist painter and illustrator. She was considered the equal to her artist-husband Charles Allan Winter (who taught members of The Eight in Gloucester, 1869-1942) and her illustrations for books and commissioned portraits supported the couple for years.

The artist lived and exhibited in New York City (ca. 1910-1950), St. Louis (early 1890s) and East Pasadena (CA, 1932) and summered in Gloucester. Alice Beach Winter’s subjects and artist-circle were diverse. She concentrated on painting children's portraits and illustrations until her husband's death in 1942 because she did not want to compete with his landscapes and murals. However, she painted approximately 30 large landscapes prior to that 1942 and she exhibited The Flower Garden in 1921 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Alice was born in Green Ridge, Missouri in 1877 and was a painter, illustrator, sculptor and teacher. She studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and at the Arts Student League (NYC) with George deForest Brush, Joseph DeCamp, J. Fry, C. Von Saltza and John Twachtman. She was highly influenced by the academic exactness of DeCamp and Brush's drawings of the human figure and Twachtman’s and her husband's style and mannerisms when painting the American landscape.

Alice and Charles began summering in Gloucester, MA in 1931 during The Great Depression and they became instrumental teachers on Cape Anne. To their summer came John Sloan, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, A.T. Hibbard, W.L. Stevens, Jane Peterson and William Glackens and days were spent painting on location and evenings were filled with talks of artistic technique and trends.

Alice was a member of the National Association of Women Artists, North Shore Art Association, Business & Professional Women's Club, Gloucester and the Gloucester Art Association. She exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, Carnegie Internationals and elsewhere. Her paintings appear in many books and magazines dating from 1930-1960 including the Delineator.


Reference: Who's Who in American Art (1947, 1953); Who Was Who in American Art