"Path Through the Autumn Landscape" by Lucie Hartrath,
(American, 1868 -1962)
Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 inches (canvas), 27 x 29 inches (frame), signed lower right, Newcomb-Macklin frame with label.
“One of the finest women Impressionists working in Chicago during the early twentieth century, Lucie Hartrath won acclaim for her portrayals of Brown County, Indiana.” -Gerdts, Friedman Collection, p. 78.
Born in Boston in 1868, Lucie Hartrath was considered by many people to be one of the most talented artists in the Chicago area in the early 20th century. She was known for her Impressionist landscapes, and early recognized the beauties of the local countryside. She was a student of John Vanderpoel at the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1901 attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. That same year, she exhibited at the Paris Salon and also in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich. From 1902-1904, she headed the Rockford College art department in Rockford, Illinois and then returned to Munich to study with Angelo Jank. In 1908, Hartrath established a studio in Chicago and began painting in Nashville, Brown County, Indiana, which she first visited between 1908 and 1910. Like many Chicago painters, she rented a summer cabin there, and the Brown County hills were an excellent source for her landscape subjects. Many of her prize-winning paintings featured Brown County. She exhibited widely in Chicago and Indiana including the Chicago Municipal Art league and the Hoosier Salon and was a founding member of the Chicago Women’s Salon.
(Reference: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1564 – 1975; and other major art references.)