George Oberteuffer American, 1878-1940


George Oberteuffer was born on October 31st, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Princeton University and graduated in 1900. After graduation Oberteuffer enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts along with fellow artists Thomas Anschutz and William Merritt Chase. In 1901 the artist traveled to France where he remained until 1920 to study, paint, and teach art. In 1905 while attending the Académie Julian in Paris, Oberteuffer met his future wife Henriette Amiard. The two often exhibited their works together, and it seemed as though their relationship contributed to the success of their mutual careers. While in Paris, Oberteuffer became a member of the Sociétaire du Salon d'Automne as well as the Salon des Indépendents. He also is known to have taught at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière from 1919 until 1920. Oberteuffer and his wife returned to the United States in 1922, and he began a brief tenure as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He then went on to teach at the Minneapolis Museum School of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Grand Central School of Art in New York. In 1939 Oberteuffer became a member of the National Academy of Design. In 1940 while George and Henriette Oberteuffer were living in Boston, The Vose Gallery held an Oberteuffer family exhibition that included the work of their son Karl. This exhibition would be the last one for George Oberteuffer. Sadly a short time afterwards while working on a large mural commission for the W.P.A. along with his wife, George Oberteuffer contracted pneumonia and died.


Chicago Galleries Association

Chicago Painters and Sculptors

National Academy of Design, Associate 1937; Member, 1938

National Art Club

Salon d'Automne

Salon des Indépendents


Corcoran Gallery Biennials, 1912-27 (6 times)

Art Institute of Chicago, 1912-31; Logan Medal, 1926

Knoedler Galleries, Paris and New York, 1920 (solo)

Feragil Gallery, New York, 1921 (solo)

Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, 1922 (gold)

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1923 (Sesnen Gold Medal)

Milwaukee Medal of Honor, circa 1925

Chicago Galleries Association, 1927 (prize)

National Academy of Design 107th Annual, 1932 (Second Altman Prize)

R.C. Vose Gallery, Boston, 1940 (solo)

Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

International Society of London

Philadelphia Art Alliance, Pennsylvania

Royal Scottish Academy, London

Salons of America

Graham Gallery, New York, 1965

Museums and Public Collections

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Columbus Art Museum, Ohio

French National Collection

Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus, Ohio

Grand Rapids Museum, Michigan

Luxembourg Museum, Paris

Milwaukee Art Institute, Wisconsin

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Phillips Collections, Washington, D.C.

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