Alice Schille (1869-1955)
Historic American Painting and Works on Paper
Considered one of America's foremost women watercolorists, Columbus, Ohio native Alice Schille earned international recognition, including top prizes from arts institutions in San Francisco, New York, Washington and Chicago, for her fine Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings of street scenes, beaches, markets, as well as women and children. Graduating from the Columbus Art School (which later became the Columbus College of Art and Design) at the top of her class in 1893, Schille continued her studies in New York and Paris.
In 1904, five of her paintings were accepted for exhibition at Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, and from that time on her work was included regularly in important American annual exhibitions. Schille returned to Columbus and began what was to become a lifelong career in education, teaching watercolor and portrait painting at her alma mater for 40 years. Traveling each summer to paint, her unique style expanded to reflect what she had absorbed while in England, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Yugoslavia, Russia, North Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Norway, Turkey, Greece and Belgium. Although personally shy, Schille possessed unusual courage and strength of will. These characteristics were reflected in both her independent lifestyle and in her art, as she continually worked to master new modes of painting throughout her career.
Selected Permanent Collections:
Canton Art Museum, Ohio
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
El Paso Museum of Art, Texas
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco, California
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
The Ohio State University, Columbus
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio
Zanesville Art Center, Ohio
See: William H. Gerdts, Alice Schille, New York, Hudson Hills Press, 2001.
See also: James M. Keny and Ronald G. Pisano, Alice Schille (1869-1955): Lyrical Colorist, 1988.