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Modern (19th century-1945) Painting
(Fort Dodge, IA, November 6, 1872 - February 10, 1974, San Gabriel, CA)
Florence Young was a painter, engraver, and teacher originally from Fort Dodge, IA. After completing high school, Young first attended the Art Institute of Chicago, then the Art Students League of New York. During her studies, Young was a pupil of the notable American painters Frank DuMond, James Carrol Beckwith, Kenyon Cox, William Merritt Chase, and Nicolai Fechin.
By 1920, Young had moved to Long Beach, CA. Three years later, she moved to Alhambra, CA, joining artists such as Clyde Forsythe and Frank Tenney Johnson, who lived and worked nearby on Champion Place (later dubbed “Artist’s Alley”).
Young focused primarily on rendering the landscapes of California, specifically desert scenes. She frequently painted en plein air, and art critics likened her to American landscape painters Edgar Payne, William Wendt, and Maurice Braun.
Young was a member of Women Painters of the West, Valley Artists Guild, and the Society for Sanity in Art. In addition to being in the Benton Museum of Art’s collection, her works are held by the Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA.