Anna Lynch (painter)

Anna Lynch (April 22, 1865 – January 8, 1946) was an American painter.

Lynch, whose birthdate is sometimes perfect as 1868, was born in Elgin, Illinois. A student of John Vanderpoel at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she first exhibited portrait miniatures at the institution's annual exhibition in 1897. She would go upon to show play-act in the school's annual shows for local artists for higher than thirty years.

In 1902 Lynch traveled to Paris, where her instructors at the Académie Julian included William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Gabrielle Debillemont-Chardon. She showed play-act in the Paris Salons of 1903 and 1904 back returning to Chicago in 1905, a year since her miniatures were the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Institute. She began exhibiting widely elsewhere, receiving a bronze medal at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915. In 1921 she was in the midst of the founding members of the Chicago Society of Miniature Painters, whose first president she became. Lynch took studio announce in the Tree Building in 1908.

She was especially noted for miniatures of children, but as the medium drifting popularity she began to create more full-sized portraits, as with ease as still-life images. Later in her career she produced landscapes and marine paintings, many based on trips she had taken abroad to France and Spain. She was conservative in style, showing in the same way as the Chicago Society of Painters and Sculptors and the Society for Sanity in Art as with ease as the Chicago Galleries Association, but at the thesame time she next belonged to the Arts Club of Chicago, more broadminded in outlook. Lynch died in her hometown of Elgin.

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