|Esther Ann Hunt |
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"Girl with Umbrella"
12 x 9 inches
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Esther Anna Hunt was born in Grand Island, NE on Aug. 30, 1875. Esther Hunt moved to San Diego in 1881 and she grew up on a ranch there. From 1896-1900 she worked as an artist in Los Angeles. Upon moving to San Francisco, she studied art at the Mark Hopkins Institute (1901). As a means to finance her art studies, she began painting Chinatown subjects which she sent to a New York dealer who readily sold them. After studying portraiture with Wm M. Chase in NYC from 1905-06, she continued her studies for six years in Paris. While in Paris her portrait of her sister was hung in the Paris Salon. Returning to California, she had a studio in Los Angeles for four years and from 1918-27 she lived in San Francisco; during 1927-31 she lived in Greenwich Village in NYC. The years 1932-46 were again spent in San Francisco. Her oils, watercolors, etchings, and colored ceramic figurines were very popular with the general public during her productive years, having been reproduced commercially for postcards, calendars, prints, busts, etc. Hunt was very fond of the artistically-created and individually-named "children" she would never have in real life. After a stroke ended her career, she was taken to the Santa Ana (CA) Rest Home. A spinster, she died there on March 4, 1951.
Member: Laguna Beach AA.
Exh: American WC Society, 1908; Detroit Museum, 1909; Panama Calif. Expo (San Diego), 1915 (gold medal); San Francisco Art Association, 1916.
Works held in Public Places: California Historical Society.