IDA SEDGWICK PROPER (American, 1873 – 1957)

Ida Sedgwick Proper was born in 1873 at Proper’s Corner in Bonaparte, Iowa. The daughter of Baptist minister Datus Dewitt Proper and Amanda Ellen Dodds, she studied at Lutheran based Bethany College in Kansas before heading to New York. While in New York, she studied under the noted Impressionist William Merritt Chase and the renowned tonalist Frank DuMond at the Art Students League. Beginning in 1897, Proper studied in Europe, first in Munich, then in Paris where she exhibited at the Salon Francais and the Salon des Beaux-Arts. Upon returning to the United States, she exhibited throughout the country at museums and organizations, including the Denver Art Club, Society of Independent Artists and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From 1907 until 1911, she maintained a studio in New York where she worked extensively on her Impressionist scenes. Proper was an active member of the New York Woman Suffrage Association and worked as the art editor of The Woman Voter, a suffragist journal. Proper died in 1957.

 

Studied

Bethany College, Kansas

Art Students League with William Merritt Chase, John Twachtmann and Frank DuMond

Thor in Munich

With Richard Miller, Castolucchio, Collin, Primet and Steinlin in Paris

 

Exhibited

Salon Francais, Paris

Salon des Beaux Arts, Paris

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual, 1910-1912

Society of Independent Artists

Buffalo, NY

Denver Artist Club, from 1898

Mid-Town Association, NY (solo)

Claremont Gallery, 1912 (joint exhibition with Malvina Hoffman)

 

Member

Society of Painters in New York

New York Woman Suffrage Association

 

Work

New Jersey State House

Iowa Historical Gallery

Mrs. Marshall Fields Collection

 

References

_____, Woman’s Who’s Who of America

Dawdy, Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary

Falk, Exhibition Record Series

Falk, Who Was Who in American Art

Ness and Orwig, Iowa Artists of the First Hundred Years

Petteys, Dictionary of Women Artists