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#1......Paris Along The Seine...c: 1910
#2.....Donkeys New Mexico...c 1926-35
Considered one of America's foremost women watercolorists, Columbus, Ohio native Alice Schille earned international recognition, including top prizes from arts institutions in San Francisco, New York, Washington and Chicago, for her fine Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings of street scenes, beaches, markets, as well as women and children. Graduating from the Columbus Art School (which later became the Columbus College of Art and Design) at the top of her class in 1893, Schille continued her studies in New York and Paris.
In 1904, five of her paintings were accepted for exhibition at Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, and from that time on her work was included regularly in important American annual exhibitions. Schille returned to Columbus and began what was to become a lifelong career in education, teaching watercolor and portrait painting at her alma mater for 40 years. Traveling each summer to paint, her unique style expanded to reflect what she had absorbed while in England, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Yugoslavia, Russia, North Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Norway, Turkey, Greece and Belgium. Although personally shy, Schille possessed unusual courage and strength of will. These characteristics were reflected in both her independent lifestyle and in her art, as she continually worked to master new modes of painting throughout her career.
After years of dormancy, Alice Schille's paintings are again receiving the national attention they did in the early 1900s. Schille was considered in her day to be one of the best, if not the foremost American woman watercolorist. Independent of her sex, Schille's work was nationally recognized and awarded many prestigious honors, including the gold medal for watercolor at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. Since 1980 Schille's watercolors, pastels, and oils have been placed in private and museum collections in more than thirty states. They have been shown in numerous exhibitions, including The Advent of Modernism at Atlanta's High Museum and American Women Artists, 1830-1930 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Schille's early artistic response to her beloved France and its culture is once again being recognized. In addition, her modern works are now being reassessed and acclaimed for their advanced character, as the revolutionary art that this shy Ohioan assimilated in Paris over fifty years ago has become accepted as a major chapter in art history.
Throughout her long and versatile career, Columbus-born Alice Schille (1869-1955) was always a keen and sensitive observer of people. Whether she was painting a solitary traveler on a country thoroughfare or a cluster of haggling peasants in a village marketplace, a man lost in prayer in a quiet church or two ladies gossiping in a fashionable cafe, she strove to capture the essence of people and their activity. In some instances, even when no human figure is present, an intimate landscape or an animated old home suggests the momentary absence of a person about to walk into view. She found inspiration for these works, most especially, in France and the French. Louise Hengst, a friend and former student, observed at the time of one of Schille's major retrospective exhibitions in 1932: "She has probably painted in France more than any other place, where she loves the country and the people, always finding new charms to captivate her."