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Bessie Potter Vonnoh

Vonnoh, Bessie Potter (vŏnˈō) [key], 1872–1955, American sculptor, b. St. Louis, studied under Lorado Taft at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was Taft's assistant in his work for the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. Her small bronzes— Young Mother, Dancing Girl, Reading Girl, and others—are in the museums of New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and other cities. Her fountain figures also are notable for their delicate charm and sentiment. She was married in 1899 to Robert Vonnoh, 1858–1933, American portrait painter, b. Hartford, Conn., who studied at the Massachusetts Normal Art School and in Paris. He was a portraitist of distinction in the linear academic style; he also painted landscapes. He taught at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and elsewhere. Among his works are his portrait of Silas Weir Mitchell (Pa. Acad. of the Fine Arts) and La Mère Adèle (Metropolitan Mus.).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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