Gertrude Partington Albright

Theme/Style – Impressionism, Modernism, landscapes, figurative art, illustrations, sculpture

Media – Oils, illustrations, etchings

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.

Career Highlights –

• Born in Heysham, England, in 1874, Gertrude Partington immigrated to the U.S. with her family at age six, and settled in Oakland.
• 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.