nationally prominent painter of the "American Scene,"
Yvonne Twining Humber's career has spanned eight decades of critically
The artist was born in New York City and raised in Europe and
New England where she received her first art instruction at South
Egremont, MA. She first studied with neighbors Charles and Katherine
Almond Hulbert, well-known American Impressionists. She then studied
at the National Academy of Design in NY from 1925 to 1931, the
Art Students League, 1928-1931, and with Charles Hawthorne. In
1933-34, she won two consecutive Tiffany Foundation Fellowships
at Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
1935 to 1943 she was employed by the Works Progress Administration
(WPA) as an easel painter in Boston, MA. It was during her period
on the WPA that she established a national reputation for her
remarkable urban and rural landscapes. Her works were often singled
out by critics who praised her unique, highly refined paintings
and they were often reproduced in newspapers and art publications
of the period.
her 1943 marriage to Irving Humber, the artist relocated to Seattle
where Mr. Humber was a local businessman. She quickly established
herself in Seattle's art community, bringing with her an impressive
East Coast reputation and a hard-edged urban realism that was
not commonplace in the Northwest. She won numerous local awards
and had two of her paintings purchased by the Seattle Art Museum
for their permanent collection after a very successful one-woman
show there in 1946. That same year she won first prize in painting
in a national competition at the Smithsonian Institute.
was one of the few Seattle painters to have her work accepted
in important national exhibitions during the 1940's, often depicting
Seattle city scenes and northwest landscapes in her inimitable
taught locally for many years and was a member of many local arts
organizations. She was a Life Member of WPW and served as President
exhibition history includes Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery,
Worlds Fair, NY, 1939, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington,
DC, Palace Of The Legion Of Honor, San Francisco, CA, Denver Art
Museum, National Academy of Design, NY.and numerous other venues.
Indans Gambling, 1946, serigraph
(Underwater Fantasy), 1970, acrylic on paper
Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945
University of California Press.
Yvonne Twining Humber: An Artist of the Depression Era, Fall/Winter
Vol 16, No. 3.
Woman Artist and the American West: 1860-1960
University of Texas Press, 1998.
Tacoma Art Museum
Bellevue Art Museum
Library of Congress
Seattle School District
Malden Public Library, Malden, MA
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
Robert Hull Fleming Musuem,
University of Vermont
Dept of Public Works, Boston, MA
Miami, FL & Genoa, Italy
Robert McLauchlin Gallery Museum,
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
& the artist's estate.
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