Loren Roberta Barton
Modern (19th century-1945) Painting
(Oxford, MA, November 16, 1893 - May 27, 1975, Claremont, CA)
Loren Roberta Barton was a painter, printmaker, illustrator, and educator who was born in Oxford, Massachusetts, and grew up in Los Angeles. She studied at the University of Southern California with William Lees Judson and at the Art Students League of Los Angeles with Rex Slinkard.
During her early career, Barton focused on the intaglio printmaking technique. She had her first solo exhibition in 1920 at the Los Angeles Museum. In 1929, Barton moved to Europe, where she married American Perez Babcock and spent the next seven years illustrating books for New York publishers.
Barton returned to the Los Angeles in 1937. From 1941 to 1947, she taught watercolor painting at the Chouinard School of Art and exhibited in the California Watercolor Society annuals. Barton’s first husband died in 1947; in 1951, she married Jervis Russell Mill and moved to Pomona, CA.
Barton’s work is characterized by genre scenes and landscapes. She is best known for her depictions of Chinatown in San Francisco, Mexican communities in Los Angeles, and San Pedro’s waterfront.
Barton was a member of the American Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors (of which she was the only Los Angeles member when she was inducted in 1920), and California Society of Printmakers. In addition to being in the collection of the Benton Museum of Art, her works are held by the Art Institute of Chicago; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.