Artist Biography

1862 - 1947

Anna Marie Bookprinter was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 27, 1862. She studied portraiture with Frank Duveneck at the Cincinnati Art Academy (1883-97) followed by further study in Paris at Académie Colarossi and with Rodin (1899-1900). While a decorator at the Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, she met Albert Valentien whom she married in 1887. Settling in San Diego in 1908, the couple established the Valentien Pottery Company and a home at 3905 Georgia Street. Credited with developing an arts and crafts movement in San Diego, their pottery is art nouveau in design in low relief. Mrs. Valentien taught locally at the California State Normal School (1914-16) and Evening High School (1917-38). Among her pupils was Donal Hord who became San Diego's premier sculptor. She died in San Diego on August 25, 1947. Although she painted portraits, landscapes and florals, she is best remembered as a teacher, potter, and sculptor. Member: San Diego Fine Arts Society; La Jolla Art Ass'n. Exhibited: Atlantic Exposition, 1895 (gold medal); Paris Salon, 1900; Panama-California Expo (San Diego), 1915, 1916 (gold medals); Sacramento State Fair, 1919 (award); San Diego Academy of Fine Arts, 1932 (bronze medal).

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