Agnes Weinrich

American , 1873 - 1946

Born on a prosperous farm near Burlington, Iowa, Agnes Weinrich graduated from Burlington Institute Colege then continued her studies at Iowa Wesleyan College. After the death of her father in 1899, Weinrich and her sisiter Helen went to Berlin to study art and piano respectively, and subsequently they traveled throughout Europe. In 1905 Weinrich returned to Chicago, where she studied until 1908 at the School of the Art Institute under Ralph Clarkson, Frederick W. Freer, and John H. Vanderpoel. She was profoundly influenced by the Armory Show in New York in 1913, and was especially inspired by Cézanne and the Cubists, Max Weber, and the artists in the circle of Alfred Stieglitz. The Weinrich sisters moved to Provincetown in 1914 where Agnes studied with Charles W. Hawthorne. She became a close friend of Blanche Lazzell, who taught her the technique of single-block (white line) color woodcut, which had been developed by B.J.O. Nordfelt. In 1914 she enrolled at the Art Students League in New york, where she studied with George Bridgeman and William De Leftwich Dodge. In 1917 she exhibited two color woodcuts in the annual exhibition of the Provincetown Art Association. These picturesque vignettes of the life in the New England village shared themes with the three color prints she exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts two years later. It is likely that Weinrich’s enthusiasm for modernism and her knowledge of New York art circles induced Max Weber to exhibit his work with the Provinceton Printers.


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