Early California Modern: Anna Katharine Skeele

Born in Wellington, Ohio, Anna Skeele first started her art studies while at Olivet College in Michigan. After moving to Southern California in 1912, she settled in Monrovia and continued at Pomona College. Furthering her art studies in the 1920s, Skeele worked with Armin Hansen in Monterey, Art Students League of New York City under Hawthorn and Bridgman, Académie de la Grande Chaumière and André Lhote in Paris, and Royal Academy of Arts in Florence.  In 1951 Skeele and her husband Frode Dann established the Pasadena School of Fine Art.

Anna Katharine Skeele, War Dance, circa 1945, Oil on canvas with artist's frame, Estimate $3,000 - 5,000

Very few works by Skeele have shown up on the market; however because of the quality of her work there has always been a lot of competition. This example has the artist’s original frame and retains an exhibition label from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1945!

Literature: Huges, Edan Milton. Artist in California, 1786-1940. Sacramento: Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum

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