Harry Anthony DeYoung

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Harry Anthony DeYoung In the Chisos
In the Chisos, c. 1935-40
oil on canvas
25 x 30 in
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Harry Anthony DeYoung

Harry Anthony DeYoung

Harry Anthony DeYoung Description


Harry Anthony De Young, artist, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 5, 1893. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was an honor student, and at the University of Illinois under John W. Norton and Edward Lake. He served as a sergeant in the quartermaster corps in World War I. For a time he taught at the Academy of Art in Chicago and was the director of the Midwest Summer School of Art at Paw Paw Lake, Michigan. He also taught at Bailey's Harbor (Wisconsin) School of Art and was director of the Glen Wood School of Landscape Painting in Illinois. In Texas the artist founded and directed the De Young Painting Camp in the Davis Mountains. Recognition of his work in 1925 won him the Fine Arts Building Purchase Prize of $500 at the Art Institute of Chicago and honorable mention in landscape painting at the American Artists Exhibition of Chicago. In 1927 he received honorable mention at the Chicago Galleries Association. In the Edgar B. Davis Competitive Exhibition in San Antonio in 1928 he won the member prize of $200. A mural representing the Basket Maker Indians of West Texas, painted as a Public Works Administration project, is owned by the Witte Museum, San Antonio. Cinchin' Up is part of the San Antonio Art League collection. Among other pictures of Texas subjects are De Young's portraits of David Crockett and James Bonham, which hang in the Alamo. Some of his other works are in the Chicago and Gary, Indiana, public schools, in Fort Davis, Texas, and in Brackenridge High School, in San Antonio. In 1942, at the height of his career, De Young suffered paralysis of his right side. He died in Waco on January 9, 1956, and was survived by his wife and daughter.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1893, Born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1927-28, Instructor, National Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928, Settles in San Antonio and establishes De Young Art School
  • 1940, Director of Summer School of Art, Sul Ross State Teachers College, Alpine, Texas
  • 1956, Dies in Waco, Texas

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1929, Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930, 1933-37, Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1931, Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, Texas
  • 1932, 1934, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1933-35, San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1986, Texas Seen/Texas Made, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1990, Looking at the Land: Early Texas Painters, 1850-1950, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas

Selected Public Collections

  • Historical House Museum, Boerne
  • Torch Collection, Torch Energy Advisors, Inc., Houston
  • The Alamo, San Antonio
  • Witte Museum, San Antonio
  • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
  • Moore Collection, Los Angeles

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