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FERNAND LUNGREN

(1857-1932)

PAINTER & ILLUSTRATOR

By Danielle Peltakian

Fernand Lungren was born in Hagerstown, MD on November 13, 1857 and was raised in Toledo, OH. At the age of 19, Lungren was encouraged to pursue a career as an artist after he met painter Kenyon Cox (1856-1919). After brief study in Cincinatti, he enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, where he studied under Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). Upon completion of his studies, Lungren moved to New York City, where he worked as an illustrator for Schribner’s, Harper’s, and Century. He later strengthened his educational background by studying at the Académie Julian in Paris. Once he returned from Europe, he settled in Cincinnati before traveling westward as an artist for the Santa Fe Railroad. Scenes of Native American ceremonies, folklore, and the Southwestern desert occupied his artworks for the next 40 years of his life. In 1907, he eventually settled in Santa Barbara, CA where he became the founder of the Santa Barbara School of the Arts. He died on November 9, 1932, just four days shy of his 75th-birthday.




Exhibitions

  • 1880-81, 1895-1903, 1911 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
  • 1882-83 Brooklyn Art Association
  • 1886, 1894, 1898, 1902-03 Boston Art Club
  • 1895-96 National Academy of Design
  • 1905 Steckel Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, CA
  • 1916 San Francisco Art Association
  • 2000 University of California, Santa Barbara (retrospective)
  • Collections

  • 1880-81, 1895-1903, 1911 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
  • 1882-83 Brooklyn Art Association
  • 1886, 1894, 1898, 1902-03 Boston Art Club
  • 1895-96 National Academy of Design
  • 1905 Steckel Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, CA
  • 1916 San Francisco Art Association
  • 2000 University of California, Santa Barbara (retrospective)
  • Memberships

  • American Federation of Arts
  • Santa Barbara Art League
  • Bibliography

    1. 1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. II, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999, p. 2083.
    2. 2. Hughes, Edan Milton, Artists in California: 1786-1940, Third ed.,Vol. II, Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 704.
    3. Updated 5/7/07.

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