Artist Biography

1868 - 1921

Maren Margrethe Froelich was born in Fresno, California of Danish parents on June 28, 1868. She studied art in San Francisco in the studio of William Keith and at the School of Design under Virgil Williams, Emil Carlsen, Amédée Joullin, and Arthur Mathews. While at that school, her paintings were awarded two gold medals. During 1907-11 she further studied in Paris with Theodore Steinlen, Richard Miller, and at Académie Castelluccio. During her Parisian stay, she switched from the low key of previous work to the brighter palette of Impressionism. She lived in San Francisco most of her adult life and taught at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute (1902-03). Active with the Carmel art colony, she often painted and exhibited there. A spinster, she was active in San Francisco until her death on June 27, 1921. Froelich is best known for her figure studies, floral still lifes, and landscapes. Exhibited: California State Fair, 1890-1900; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1898-92; Mechanics' Institute (San Francisco), 1893; World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893; California Midwinter Expo, 1894 (silver medal); Bohemian Club, 1898, 1899; Palace Hotel (San Francisco), 1905; Mark Hopkins Institute, April 1906; Paris Salon, 1910; Sequoia Club (San Francisco), 1911 (solo); Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915; Schussler Gallery (San Francisco), 1915 (solo). Works held: Oakland Museum; Bohemian Club.

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