Artist Biography

1868 - 1957

Genève Rixford was born in San Francisco, California on July 14, 1868. She began her art studies locally at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and Emil Carlsen, and continued at the Art Students League in New York City under William Merritt Chase. Returning to San Francisco in 1891, she established a studio at 728 Montgomery Street and two years later married Winthrop Sargeant. At the turn of the century, she lived in Chicago but returned to California in 1904 and lived in Monterey for a few years. The years 1906-11 were spent managing an orange ranch in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles; during this period she painted many scenes of her young boys romping in the sunshine. In 1923 she and her family went to Paris for a four-year stay. While there, she studied with André Lhote. After her return to San Francisco in 1927, she began exhibiting locally. A painting trip to Mexico in 1931 inspired several paintings of that country. Mrs. Sargeant was a productive and highly respected artist in the San Francisco art scene until her death in Santa Clara County on August 10, 1957. Her work includes portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and figures in watercolor, oil, and pastel. Member: Sketch Club (cofounder); San Francisco Art Ass'n (director, 1915-23); San Francisco Women Artists. Exhibited: San Francisco Sketch Club, 1894-1914; Mark Hopkins Institute, 1896; Art Institute of Chicago, 1903 (Cohn prize); Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1919; Paris Salon, 1919; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1915-27 (first prize); Beaux Arts Gallery (San Francisco), 1927; California State Fair, 1930; Santa Cruz Art League, 1932 (first prize); Gump's (San Francisco), 1932; California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1933, 1934 (solo); Delphic Studio (New York), 1932, 1936; San Francisco Museum of Art Inaugural, 1935; California-Pacific Exposition (San Diego), 1935; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1939 (solo); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; De Young Museum, 1948 (retrospective). Works held: California Palace of Legion of Honor; Mills College (Oakland); San Francisco Museum of Art; De Young Museum.

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