JESSE ARMS BOTKE
American (Illinois / California) 1883-1971
“CARMEL BY THE SEA, PEACOCK AND COCKATOOS”
Oil on canvasboard
Signed and titled verso: Jessie Arms Botke, Carmel by the Sea Calif.
Provenance: Gifted to the family from the Artist
Museums (10): including Art Institute of Chicago, The Carnegie Art Museum, Irvine Museum,
Norton Gallery of Art, City of Ventura Municipal Art Collection, Sheldon Swope Art Museum
Books (41): including Carmel Art Association, Botke-McComas-Seidendeck;
Masterworks of California Impressionism, Jean Stern
Periodicals (6): Southwest Art (4); American Art Review (2)
Panel Size: 6.5" x 12"
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This painting was a gift to the previous owner. It was a study for a larger 26" c 47" painting, and so inscribed verso.
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Jessie Arms BOTKE (1883-1971)
Birth place: Chicago, IL
Death place: Santa Paula, CA
Addresses: Chicago, IL; Santa Paula, CA
Profession: Painter, illustrator, printmaker, muralist
Studied: Art Institute of Chicago, with John Johanson, Charles Woodbury; Herter; Europe
Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, 1904-15 (as Jessie Arms), 1917-27 (as Jessie Arms Botke), prizes, 1918, 1919, 1926; Peoria Society of Allied Artists, 1918 (med.); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1919; National Association of Women Artists, 1925 (prize), 1933 (prize); Sesqui- Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, 1926; Southwest Exposition, 1928 (medal); Western Academy Painters, 1935 (prize), 1936 (prize); Sanity in Art, 1938 (prize); National Academy of Design; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Corcoran Gallery, 1926, 1932; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Golden Gate Exposition, 1939; California Palace Legion of Honor; California State Fair, 1947 (prize); Chicago Galleries Association,1951 (prize); Paris Salon.
Member: California Watercolor Society; California Art Club; National Association of Women Artists; American Watercolor Society; Foundation of Western Art; Chicago Gallery of Art; Grand Central Gallery Art
Work: Art Institute of Chicago; Nebraska Art Association; Santa Paula, Bakersfield, Gardena (CA) High School; Mills College; Swope Gallery of Art; Norton Gallery of Art; Los Angeles County College; murals, University of Chicago; I. Magnin Co., Los Angeles; Woodrow Wilson High School, Oxnard, CA; Ojai, CA; Art Deco restorations.
Comments: After 1905 she painted friezes for a decorating firm and, following a painting trip to Europe, she designed tapestries in NYC. She married C. Botke in Chicago and moved to California in 1919. Noted for decorative paintings of exotic birds, she often painted on metallic surfaces.
Sources: Who's Who 1966; Who's Who 1947; Hughes, Artists of California, '62; P&H Samuels, '60; Charles Woodbury and His Students; '22; Trenton, ed. Independent Spirits, '58 (w/repro.)
This biography is drawn from the 'Who Was Who in American Art' , the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.
City of Ventura Municipal Art Collection
Art Institute of Chicago
San Diego Museum of Art Balboa Park
Sheldon Swope Art Museum
The Carnegie Art Museum
The Irvine Museum
Norton Gallery of Art
Union League Club of Chicago
USC Fisher Gallery
Ventura County Museum of History & Art
Jesse Arms Botke
Jessie Arms Botke, one of the most celebrated female artists of the early 20th century, is best known for her paintings of exotic birds. Her favorite subjects were peacocks, toucans and cockatoos, among detailed leaves and flora. The work is fanciful and jewel-like in its conception and execution, often on a gold leaf ground. Her work ranges from small works to large murals, always with the same rich tapestry of design. She discovered the peacock when commissioned by the Herter Looms (NY) to paint murals for Billie Burke's home at Hastings-on-the-Hudson. "It was love at first sight and has been ever since," she recalled. She later stated, concerning her love for birds:
“My interest in birds was not sentimental, it was always what sort of pattern they made, and the white peacock was so appealing because it was a simple, but beautiful white form to be silhouetted against dark background, and the texture and pattern of the lacy tail broke the harshness of the white mass without losing the simplicity of the pattern.”
The work of Jessie Arms Botke is represented in many major collections and museums, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Carnegie Art Museum, The Irvine Museum, and The Norton Gallery of Art. Her murals are housed in the University of Chicago and the Oxnard California Public Library. Botke was married to well known early California impressionist Cornelius Botke.
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