Amanda Austin

Amanda Petronella Austin (1859 – 1917) was an American painter and sculptor.

A original of Carrollton, Missouri, Austin studied from 1877 to 1879 at the University of Missouri, becoming a favored pupil of George Caleb Bingham, to whom she gave two of her paintings. In 1879 she moved to Sacramento, home of her great-uncle, Jefferson Wilcoxson; he was ill, and in recompense for her care he provided grant for her to continue her training, which she did in the studio of Norton Bush.

Her first a breath of blithe air came at the 1880 California State Fair, where her drawings won praise from the critic of The Sacramento Bee. The when year at the Fair, the showing of her Morning Glories brought her a function of notoriety. In May 1882 she enrolled in the San Francisco School of Design; she continued to exhibit regularly in Sacramento at this point, and then at the San Francisco Art Association, where she conventional a gold medal and an reliable mention. Later in 1885 she taught for a few months at the School of Design in Sacrament; on January 16, 1886, she opened her own studio in that town's Oddfellows building. Her painting class attracted many students.

In 1908 Austin went to Paris, where she kept a studio until 1912 and studied past Jean Escoula and Emile Renard. Here she began to feign at sculpture, and in 1909 a marble bust of Miss Quinn was in style for function at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Its exhibition won her a place in the Union Internationale des Beaux-Artes et des Lettres. In 1912 she returned to Sacramento; Miss Quinn along with further works, was exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. With complementary sculpture it after that traveled to exhibits at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1916, with a commission in hand from the city of Sacramento, Austin returned another time to Paris to Kill a monument, only to be told by her doctor to reward as she was dying of cancer. En route, she died in New York City, three days in the past turning fifty-eight. On her deathbed Austin married E. Lee Allen. She left everything her property to him in her will, but her family contested it. The repercussion was that her works were divided stirring and her legacy fell into obscurity.

Morning Glories, currently among her works in the buildup of the Crocker Art Museum, was included in the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, American Women Artists 1830–1930, in 1987.

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