Modernism, landscapes, figurative art, illustrations, sculpture
Media Oils, illustrations,
Artistic Focus Beginning
at the turn of the Twentieth Century as an illustrator and Impressionist
painter, Gertrude Albright’s artistic career broadened after studies in
Europe. She adopted a more Modernist aesthetic. Her palette included
more engaging colors and she moved from soft contours to the occasional use of
more linear forms in the mid-1920s.
• Born in Heysham, England, in 1874, Gertrude
Partington immigrated to the U.S. with her family at age six, and settled
• One of seven children who all became active in some field of the arts,
Gertrude's first art teacher was her father, J.H.E. Partington, who himself
was a well-known portraitist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
• By the turn of the century Gertrude was an illustrator for the San
Francisco Examiner, a position that helped finance her trips abroad where
she studied at the Académie Delecluse in Paris with G.X. Prinet
and learned the technique of drypoint etching.
• On her return to San Francisco, Gertrude established a studio on Post
Street, where she produced etchings, portraits, and scenes of the San
Francisco Bay Area, and exhibited often with the San Francisco Art Association.
• In 1913 she co-founded the California Society of Etchers; she also
received a bronze medal at San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International
Exposition in 1915.
• In 1917 Gertrude married one of her art students, Herman Albright,
and joined the staff of the California School of Fine Arts, where she
remained as a respected instructor for nearly 30 years.
• A director of the San Francisco Society of Women Artists, Gertrude
Partington Albright continued her active involvement in the Bay Area
art community until her demise in 1959.
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