Artist Biography

Bertha Stringer LEE
1869 - 1937

Bertha Elizabeth Stringer was born in San Francisco, CA on December 6, 1869. She was the socialite-daughter of a wealthy storage company owner who encouraged her pursuit of art. Following graduation from University of California at Berkeley, she studied in the studio of William Keith, at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute under Arthur Mathews, Raymond Yelland, and Amédée Joullin, and briefly in New York and Paris. At age 14 she was exhibiting locally. In 1894 she married Eugene Lee and maintained a studio in her home at 2744 Steiner Street where she gave teas and made gifts of her paintings to friends. Mrs. Lee was a prolific painter of impressionist and tonal scenes of the Monterey Peninsula and the San Francisco Bay. A lifelong resident of San Francisco, she died on March 19, 1937. Exhibited: Mechanics' Institute (San Francisco), 1887-95; California State Fair, 1889-1902 (prizes); World's Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893 (prize); San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1895-1913; Sketch Club, 1895-1908; Starr King Fraternity, 1905; Del Monte Art Gallery (Monterey), 1907-12; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (bronze medal); Sorosis Club, 1913; Sequoia Club, 1914; Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Richelieu Gallery (San Francisco), 1922 (solo). Works held: St Mary's College (Moraga); Oakland Museum; De Young Museum.

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