Artist Biography

1872 - 1940

Ethel Marian Wickes (1872-1940) was born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York on February 13, 1872. She moved with her family to northern California in 1886. She began painting while in her early teens and studied art in Paris at Académies Julian and Colarossi. While in Europe she sketched in Holland, England, and Ireland. She then returned to San Francisco where she remained except during 1907-09 when she lived in Pacific Grove and during 1911 when she was in Seattle to place murals in the Florence Henry Memorial Chapel. For a few years around 1928 she operated the Wickes School of Art. At the time of her death in San Francisco on Feb. 27, 1940 she was chairman of the art section of the California State Federation of Women's Clubs. Although she worked in oil, she is best known for her watercolors of geese and California wild flowers. Exhibited: Morris Gallery (New York City), 1890; Washington Art Ass'n, 1911; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1916; Garden Club (Newport, RI), 1919 (solo); California State Fair, 1917 (medal); Stanford University, 1925 (solo); Worden Gallery (San Francisco), 1926, 1927, 1929 (solos); Everhardt Museum (Scranton, PA), 1929 (solo); De Young Museum, 1933, 1940 (solos); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939. Works held: Shasta State Historical Monument; Huntington Library (San Marino).

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