M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES &FINE ART
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.
Housed in a 22K yellow gold custom Arts & Craft frame (the original frame also available)
Provenance : Gifted to the previous owner 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;
of California Impressionism,
Size: 6.5" x 12" / Framed Size : 12.75" x 18.5"
PRICE : Please Inquire
This painting was a gift to the previous owner.
It was a study for a larger 26" x 47" painting, and so inscribed verso :
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.
Botke discovered the peacock when
commissioned by the Herter Looms (NY)
to paint dining room murals for silent film star Billie Burke's
home at Hastings-on-the-Hudson.
Ms. Burke had wanted something akin to Whistler's "Peacock Room",
(now reinstalled at the Smithsonian, closer to Whistler's original vision) :
On her first visit to the Brooklyn zoo and its white peacocks, Botke had remarked,
"It was love at first sight and has been
ever since," .
She later stated, concerning her love for
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,
beautiful white form to be silhouetted against dark background,
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
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.
married to well known early California impressionist Cornelius Botke.
-Millicent Ford Creech
Jessie Arms BOTKE (1883-1971)
Birth place: Chicago, IL
Death place: Santa Paula,
Addresses: Chicago, IL;
Santa Paula, CA
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.
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
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.)
Museums - Partial List
City of Ventura
Municipal Art Collection
Museum of Art Balboa Park
Club of Chicago
Museum of History & Art
This biography is drawn
from the 'Who Was Who in American Art' , the reference book on the cultural
life in the United States.
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