Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Paul Albert Plaschke

Paul Plaschke (1880-1954)
was the cartoonist
who did those pages of
charactures of Chicago artists from the 1940's
shown in the last post

Sleepy Sid

And he was listed as an artist member
of the Palette and Chisel
for its 1916 exhibit at the Art Institute.

Suffragette, 1913

But so far as I can tell,
he never lived in Chicago.

Born in Berlin, Germany,
his family moved to Hoboken, New Jersey in 1884.
He studied engineering at the Stevens Institute,
then drawing at the Cooper Union Art School.

At the Art Students League,
he studied with the painter and cartoonist, George B. Luks,
who drew the pioneer comic strip, “The Yellow Kid.”

In 1898 he moved to Louisville,
married a local girl,
set up house in New Albany, Indiana
(across the river from Louisville)
and worked as a cartoonist for the
Louisville Commercial and the Evening Post.

He began painting landscapes in 1905,
and hung out with the Brown County painters,
many of whom were members of
the Palette and Chisel Club


He won awards at
the Richmond, Indiana, Art Association show of 1917;
the Nashville. Tennessee. Art Association show of 1925;
the Hoosier Salon of 1929 and 1934;
the Louisville Art Association of 1932;
and the Southern States Art League in 1936.


He was cartoonist for Louisville’s Evening Post,
Louisville Times,
Chicago Herald Examiner,
and the Sunday Courier Journal
from 1913 to 1949,
working as well for the Herald Examiner
and other Hearst newspapers

He illustrated books, including
"Kentuckians as we see them" (1905)
and "Club men of Louisville in caricature and verse" (1912)

One of his pieces was collected by
the Vanderpoel Art Association.

He was a member of the Association of Chicago Painters and Sculptors,
the Society of Arts and Sciences in New York,
the Hoosier Salon Society,
and the Southern States Art League.

He also served on the Board of Governors
for the J.B. Speed Art Museum
and as a director of the Louisville Art Academy.

(this was back in the day
when artists, not just rich people
served on the boards of art museums)

Above is the cover of a catalog
that accompanied a 2008
exhibit of his works
at the Howard Steamboat museum

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chicago Artists from the Forties

Alice Seabourne (the daughter of former P&C president Harry Leon Engle) has sent me the above page of charactures of Chicago artists.

No date was attached, but judging from their ages, it would seem to have come from the early 1940's. (Claude Buck had moved to California by 1945)

The cartoonist was P&C member, Paul Plaschke.

Ethel Crouch Brown
Macena Barton
Anna Lynch
Karl C. Brandner*
Oscard D. Soellner*
Gianni Cilfone*
F.R. Harper
Albin Polasek*
Oskar Gross*
Jerome J. Klapka
Antonin Sterba*
Fred Torrey
Jacob Richard
Wilbur G. Adam
Emory Seidel*
Julius Moessel
Rudolph Ingerle*
Roy Ketchum
Karl Plath*
Walter Krawiec

*member of Palette and Chisel

Frederic Tellander
Marie Blanke
Paul Plaschke
Yvonne L. D. Pryor
Harriet Krawiec
Averil Conwell
Leslie Buck
Farrand Dodge
Paul Lehman
Claude Buck
Gasper J Ruffolo
Ruth Sherwood
Frank Dudley*
Leo Marzolo*
Ruth Van Sickle Ford*
Benjamin S. Kanne
Harry Engle*
Elmer A. Forsberg
Edithe Jane Cassady
William H. Mosby
John Wittrup
Tunis Ponsen