Frederick Frary Fursman

American, 1870 - 1943


Frederick Frary Fursman was born in El Paso, Illinois in 1870. An accomplished painter and art instructor, Fursman is best recognized for his vibrant, colorful Fauvist paintings completed in the early decades of the Twentieth Century. In 1892, the artist created a mural depicting twenty-seven native Illinois grasses and grains that won the first prize at an agricultural exhibit at the Illinois State Fair that year. The mural went on to be exhibited at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and traveled to expositions in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Paris. By the mid-1890s, Fursman had settled in Chicago and attended the Smith Academy for Art, a private art school. From 1901-1906, Fursman attended the Art Institute of Chicago and from 1906-1909, The Academie Julian in Paris. During this period in France, he executed many paintings of countryside of Brittany, particularly around the noted artist colony of Etaples. In 1909, Fursman exhibited at the Paris Salon. Fursman made a second trip to France to paint in Brittany from 1913-1914.

In the early 1890s, Fursman married Georgia Brown, a fellow artist from El Paso, Illinois, who unfortunately died of consumption in 1898. Their marriage produced a daughter Laurens Lucile in 1895, a noted painter in her own right. Fursman remarried In 1902 to Ida Luella Morton.

Frederick Fursman began a long and influential teaching career at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1909. In 1910, Fursman and fellow artist Walter Marshall Clute, established the noted Summer School of Painting in Saugatuck, Michigan (known today as the Ox-Bow School). The school was loosely modeled after the Smith Academy and the Academie Julian in Paris. Within its first years of existence, the the school became formally associated with the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1921, the school was renamed the Oxbow Summer School of Art. Fursman took the helm of the school after Clute’s death in 1915 and would remain the school’s director until his own death in 1943. From 1910-1921, Fursman also taught at the State Normal School of Fine and Applied Art in Milwaukee, WI. From 1925-1926, Fursman headed West to Colorado to become the director of the Chappel Art School in Denver.

Fursman’s paintings were exhibited widely, and he received numerous awards and prizes at the prestigious national annual exhibitions held at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Pennsylvania Academy, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. At the Art Institute alone, Fursman exhibited thirty-four times between the years 1902 and 1939.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington, DC and the Toledo Museum of Art, among others. A retrospective on the artist was held at the University of Wisconsin Art Museum in Milwaukee in 1991. Fursman died in Saugatuck, Michigan in 1943.

  • Fursman 13588

    Return of the Fishing Boats, ca. 1909
    Oil on canvas
    39 x 31 1/4 inches

    Signed Frederick Frary Fursman, lower left.

    #13588
  • Fursman 13586

    In the Shade, 1915
    Oil on canvas
    62 x 39 inches

    Signed and dated Frederick Frary Fursman 1915, lower left. Estate stamped #105 on reverse.

    #13586
    SOLD
  • Fursman 13421

    Nasturtiums, 1911
    Oil on canvas
    62 1/4 x 30 1/2 inches

    Signed and dated Frederick F. Fursman 1911, lower left. Estate stamped #104 on reverse.

    #13421
  • Fursman 13587

    By the Sea, 1913-1914
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 32 inches

    Signed Frederick F. Fursman, lower right.

    #13587
    SOLD
  • Fursman 13591

    Study for “Windblown Figures on the Shore”, ca. 1913-1914
    Oil on canvas
    29 x 29 inches

    Estate stamped #89 on reverse.

    #13591
    SOLD
  • Fursman 13590

    The Orange Jacket, 1915
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 30 1/4 inches

    Signed Frederick Frary Fursman, lower left.

    #13590
    SOLD
  • Fursman 13594

    French Girl in Yellow Coat, ca. 1913-1918
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 18 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped #140 on reverse.

    #13594
    SOLD
  • Fursman 13600

    Reading on the Grass, ca. 1918
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 23 inches

    Signed Frederick F. Fursman, lower left. Estate stamped #107 on reverse.

    #13600
  • Fursman 13595

    Reading Beside the Screen, ca. 1913-1918
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 19 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped #85 on reverse.

    #13595
    SOLD
  • Fursman 7902

    The Old Boatman, ca. 1925
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 40 inches

    Signed Frederick F. Fursman, lower left.

    #7902
  • Fursman 13593

    Fall - Wooded Landscape, ca. 1910-1913
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 18 inches

    Estate stamped #112 on reverse.

    #13593
    SOLD
  • Fursman 13592

    Cottage on the Shore, ca. 1910-1913
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 24 inches

    Estate stamped #108 on reverse.

    #13592
    SOLD
  • Fursman 5988

    Blond Boy, 1910-1913
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 14 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped #144 on reverse.

    #5988

Frederick Frary Fursman was born in El Paso, Illinois in 1870. An accomplished painter and art instructor, Fursman is best recognized for his vibrant, colorful Fauvist paintings completed in the early decades of the Twentieth Century. In 1892, the artist created a mural depicting twenty-seven native Illinois grasses and grains that won the first prize at an agricultural exhibit at the Illinois State Fair that year. The mural went on to be exhibited at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and traveled to expositions in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Paris. By the mid-1890s, Fursman had settled in Chicago and attended the Smith Academy for Art, a private art school. From 1901-1906, Fursman attended the Art Institute of Chicago and from 1906-1909, The Academie Julian in Paris. During this period in France, he executed many paintings of countryside of Brittany, particularly around the noted artist colony of Etaples. In 1909, Fursman exhibited at the Paris Salon. Fursman made a second trip to France to paint in Brittany from 1913-1914.

In the early 1890s, Fursman married Georgia Brown, a fellow artist from El Paso, Illinois, who unfortunately died of consumption in 1898. Their marriage produced a daughter Laurens Lucile in 1895, a noted painter in her own right. Fursman remarried In 1902 to Ida Luella Morton.

Frederick Fursman began a long and influential teaching career at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1909. In 1910, Fursman and fellow artist Walter Marshall Clute, established the noted Summer School of Painting in Saugatuck, Michigan (known today as the Ox-Bow School). The school was loosely modeled after the Smith Academy and the Academie Julian in Paris. Within its first years of existence, the the school became formally associated with the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1921, the school was renamed the Oxbow Summer School of Art. Fursman took the helm of the school after Clute’s death in 1915 and would remain the school’s director until his own death in 1943. From 1910-1921, Fursman also taught at the State Normal School of Fine and Applied Art in Milwaukee, WI. From 1925-1926, Fursman headed West to Colorado to become the director of the Chappel Art School in Denver.

Fursman’s paintings were exhibited widely, and he received numerous awards and prizes at the prestigious national annual exhibitions held at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Pennsylvania Academy, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. At the Art Institute alone, Fursman exhibited thirty-four times between the years 1902 and 1939.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington, DC and the Toledo Museum of Art, among others. A retrospective on the artist was held at the University of Wisconsin Art Museum in Milwaukee in 1991. Fursman died in Saugatuck, Michigan in 1943.

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