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Henrietta Shore (Canadian 1880-1963)

Henrietta Shore was born in Toronto in 1880. Inspired to follow the path of an artist she found herself in New York where she studied at Art Students League with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri and fellow student Georgia O’Keeffe.

Henrietta Shore 1880-1963 Edward Weston ca. 1927 Collection Center for Creative Photography
Henrietta Shore
1880-1963
Edward Weston
ca. 1927
Collection Center for Creative Photography

I first saw her work in the Santa Cruz Downtown Post Office. These 6 murals are agricultural depictions of life on the California Coast.

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Point Sur Lighthouse 1930-35 Oil on Canvas 26 x 26″

Henrietta Shore exhibited her artwork with  O’Keefe in New York and befriended Photographer Edward Weston in California. She also travelled to Mexico where she painted portraits of  Jose Clemente Orozco and Jean Charlot.  She worked in a modernist style that focused more on the idea of the painting rather than representing it traditionally.

Portrait of Muralist Orozco
Portrait of Muralist Orozco