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Dorothy Loeb was born in 1887. Her initial art studies took place at the Art Institute of Chicago where she exhibited in 1915-17 and again in 1929. During this period a group of paintings from the 1913 Armory Show traveled to Chicago. It is probable that this is where she first became influenced by Henry Matisse's work. It is also possible that she followed Ross Moffett and his roommate, Henry Sutter to attend the painting school founded in 1899 by Charles Hawthorne that had drawn Blanche Lazzell to Provincetown. A friendship and exchange of artistic information developed between these two artists. Dorothy may have first met Blanche in Paris where Loeb studied with Louis Marcoussis and Lazzell with Charles Guerin and David Rosen or possibly in 1923-24 when they studied with Leger.


Loeb's monotypes have a certain lyrical quality that almost borders on the mystical side. These allegorical prints abound with creativity, fantasy and a fertile imagination. Loeb's first exhibited at the Provincetown Art Association in 1923. 1926 would bring Loeb and Lazzell together for a common artistic cause. A petition signed by thirty members of the Provincetown Art Association demanded an additional show for "the Moderns" of equal duration at the annual summer members' show. Dorothy and Blanche would serve together on the committee in charge of the "First Modernistic exhibition" held in July of 1927 and served with Agnes Weinrich, Lucy L'Engle, Ellen Ravenscroft and seven other male artists to form the jury and hanging committee.


Dorothy Loeb continued to paint throughout her career until her death in 1971.


[Source: James R. Bakker]

Untitled [Seated Figure]
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