Artist Biography

Ludmilla WELCH
1867 - 1925

Ludmilla Pilat was born in Ossining, New York on April 1, 1867 into a large Austrian family. Her father, Carl Pilat, was a member of the Austrian army who had decamped to the United States for political reasons. Located in the beautiful Hudson River area, the Pilat home was an artistic milieu where the young girl was exposed to art, music, and literature. A romance blossomed between her and Thad Welch, a boarder in their home, and at age sixteen she married the 39 year old artist. After a few years in New York, Boston, and a visit to the World's Fair in Chicago, she came with her husband to California in 1893. Pasadena was their home for a year until moving north to Marin County. The couple lived in a rustic cabin in the hills of Marin where, under the tutelage of her husband, she became a highly competent painter of quiet, bucolic scenes. Due to Thad's health they were forced to leave Marin County for a more moderate climate. Moving to Santa Barbara, the couple spent their remaining years there. Ludmilla Welch died on a train in Florida on May 17, 1925. Her works include California adobes, coastal scenes and landscapes, mostly size 12" x 14". Works held: Santa Barbara Historical Society; Oakland Museum; Sonoma County (CA) Museum; California Historical Society.

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