Biografie von William Henry II SINGER (1868-1943)

Birth place: Pittsburgh, PA

Death place: Olden, Norway

Addresses: Edgeworth, PA; Olden, Nordfjord, Norway (since 1914)

Profession: Painter

Studied: Martin Borgord in Pittsburgh; Académie Julian, Paris with J.P. Laurens, 1901.

Exhibited: CI, 1900; Boston AC, 1901; PAFA Ann., 1906-37 (13 times); Wash. County MFA (Md.), 1981 (retrospective); Pan-Pacific, Expo, San Fran., 1915 (medal); AIC, 1916. Awards: Royal Order of St. Olaf, 1929.

Member: ANA, 1917; NA, 1931; Pittsburgh AS; AFA; Allied AA; St. Lucas SA.

Work: AIC; PAFA; NOMA; Stedelijk, Amsterdam; Royal Mus., Antwerp; MusÈe du Luxembourg, Paris; CI; Milwaukee AI; Carnegie Pub. Lib., Ft. Worth; Delgado Mus.; Pinacothek Mus., Munich; MMA; BM; Brooks Mem. Art Gal., Memphis; City Mus. of the Hague, Holland; large collection at Wash. County Mus. FA, Hagerstown, MD; Curtis Inst., Phila.; Walker Gal. Art, Brunswick, ME; Sweat Mem. AM, Portland, ME; Florence Griswold Mus., Old Lyme, CT; Nat. Gal., Oslo, Norway; Mus. des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Mus. des Beaux-Arts, Cairo; PIA School; MFA, Ghent, Belgium; Norwegian Legation, Wash., DC; Van Abbe Mus., Einhoven, Holland

Comments: An American Impressionist, he spent most his life in Europe, particularly Norway. He was a member of a wealthy steelmaking family in Pittsburgh and worked in the family business for 11 years. He painted and sketched in his free time. Encouraged by his success and his teacher Borgord, he went to Monhegan, ME, c.1900 to paint. A year later he and his wife, accompanied by Borgord, sailed for Paris. For several years they lived at the Dutch artists" community of Laren, settling permanently in Norway several years later. In 1930, he established the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD. In the 1970s, his estate collection in Holland was purchased by Szymanski Gal., Beverly Hills, CA.

Sources: WW40; exh. cat., Wash. Cnty MA; 300 Years of American Art, 617; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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