Thursday, April 20, 2017

Claude Curry Bohm

Birth: 10-19-1894, Nashville Tennessee
Death: November 18, 1971, Nashville, In.
Married: Lillian
Known For: Snow Scenes

Associations: Charter member Brown County Art Gallery Association, member Brown County Art Guild, Hoosier Salon, North Shore Art Association in Gloucester Massachusetts and Rockport Art Association in Rockport Massachusetts

Awards: Edward Rector Memorial from the Hoosier Salon,Tri Kappa Purchase Prize, Lawrence A. Downs Prize, Chicago Municipal Art League Prize, and Frederick N. Vance Memorial Award from the Brown County Art Gallery, The Gold Medal in the Chicago Palette and Chisel, Daughters of Indiana Award, Hoosier Salon Summer Landscape Prize, "The Grey Blanket" selected to represent 1940's Worlds Fair  and won a bronze medal

Facts
Grew up in New Orleans.
Eloped at age 18 to marry Lillian.
Worked as a printer and opened a Studio in Chicago.
First Visited Brown County in 1920.
Moved to Brown County in 1932.
Lillian worked in Chicago for two years until there was enough money to join Claude in Nashville.
Known for his fiery red hair with a temper to go along with it
Claude like to argue and disagree with Jack LaChance usually resulting in disruption at restaurants and other public places.
Had very high artistic standard and was quick to criticize others work
Taught a small group of student in the summer and painted snow scenes during the winter months.
Also painted along the seacoast, Tennessee, and Mexico.
Work at General Motors during WWII.
Lived in three different Studio Homes.
Painted with V. J. Cariani and Carl Graf.
Claude liked music and attended performances at Indiana University.


Sources:
1. M. Joanne Nesbit and Barbara Judd - Those Brown County Artists - "The Ones Who Came, the Ones Who Stayed, The Ones Who Moved On 1900 - 1950" - Nanna's Books 1993
2. Lyn Letsinger-Miller - The Artists of Brown County - Indiana University Press Bloomington and Indianapolis 1994 

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