Henry Keller

Henry George Keller (April 3, 1869 – August 3, 1949) was an American artist who led a generation of Ohio watercolor painters of the Cleveland School. Keller's students at the Cleveland School of Art and his Berlin Heights, Ohio summer bookish included Charles E. Burchfield, Paul Travis, and Frank N. Wilcox.

In the Leslie Family Record, by Elvesta Thomas Leslie (1968, self-published), a first cousin of Henry, spoke of Henry Keller:

"As Mortimer (Leslie) died young, widowhood threw Guineveer’s mother (Elizabeth Bonsor) to the support of herself and her small girl. She met the close and double misfortune with fortitude and competency even as you and your (Elvesta’s) aunt Rosa (Kehl) met once but more tragic adversities. She took orders for busts in crayon and hired artists to charm them. In this showing off she met pubertal Keller, and Guineveer, her romance. Henry made portraits for the mother. Henry Keller was educated here (Cleveland) and in Munich. He was one of a little galaxy of local artists who have won honors in more metropolitan centers. He is a traveler of the city’s cutting edge cultural life. A harder, or mor conscientious worker can not be found. He maintains his bigger than average constitution, inherited from German-born parents, by regular vibrancy and exemplary habits. He is the deserted noted performer who doesn’t smoke, that I ever heard of. Cigarettes seem the sustenance of the artistic temperament. Henry teaches painting at the Art School and specializes in animal energy and watercolor. I have one of his best. His canvasses are distinguished more for the excellence of their technique and craftsmanship than for creative genius. I found Keller a zealous aficionado of his profession and uncovered of it, enough of a cynic to be realistic. In a word he is master of a fine art, man of fine character and characteristically German. His house was originally a farm house owned by his daddy before Cleveland grew up to be a city."

In 1939 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.

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