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Grace Libby Vollmer ( 1884 - 1977 )

Jazz Musician 1930s
Oil On Canvas
28'' X 24''
Signed Lower Left

Grace Libby Vollmer was born September 12, 1884 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and grew up in Chelsea, just north of Boston.  Her parents were both of old New England stock dating back to the 17th century.  Her father, Edgar Howard Libby, was a native of Maine and a graduate of Amherst College.  Her mother, Anne Lorraine (née Young), was a direct descendant of original Mayflower Pilgrims . With her children both enrolled in private schools in Pasadena, Grace was able to devote more of her time to painting.  In 1925 she resumed her career by enrolling in the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles for two years.  Here she established a life-long association with Clarence Hinkle, Jean Mannheim (who painted her daughter's portrait), Millard Sheets, and George Brandriff.  Her first one-person exhibition took place in 1926 at Cannell & Chaffin, Los Angeles, where 142 of her works were shown.  The same year she won an Honorable Mention at the Orange County Fair. Grace Vollmer studied briefly with Hans Hoffman in 1930 when Hoffman was affiliated with the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles.  Hoffman's influence can be seen in a bolder, more expressionistic style in Vollmer's subsequent work.  A second encounter with Hoffman occurred in Berkeley later in the decade.

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