Saturday, August 2, 2008

Jessie Pixley Lacey - Teacher of Figure Drawing

According to a description published on the auction site Federalist Antiques  Jessie Pixley Lacey was a teacher of Figure Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s.

She was born in 1865 in Charlotte, Michigan. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago then at the Académie Julian, Paris. She showed works in the Paris Salon of 1900, at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the St. Louis Exposition and in New York and Washington.

Childe Hassam, Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger all studied at the Académie Julian which was founded in 1868 by Rudolphe Julian as a private art school. The École des Beaux-Arts did not allow women to enroll but male and females students were allowed to study together at the Académie Julian including drawing and painting from the model.

For more on the training of female students around 1900 see my other post How to Draw the Human Figure - The Figure Drawings of Grace A. Young.

Above is a self portrait from Robert Henry Adams Fine Art.


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