Dorothea Litzinger (1889-1925)

Dorothea Litzinger (1889-1925)

Dorothea Litzinger was born in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, in 1889 and attended the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York. She was best known for her large and vibrant still life compositions, exhibiting them at New York venues such as Ehrich Gallery, Kennedy & Company, and Goupil & Co. to favorable reviews. A February 1917 New York Times critique of a Goupil show notes: “Miss Litzinger seems to have a more adventurous spirit, attacking large canvases and working at her flower studies with as much zest as though she were the first to discern the magnificent possibilities of lily pads and chrysanthemums. Her courage is repaid.”[1]

[1] New York Times, February 11, 1917

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Litzinger was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, and the Allied Artists of America, and from the late teens to early 1920s, she periodically showed her work in the annual exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Society of Independent Artists. Sadly, her contribution to the art world was cut short when she passed away in 1925 after a brief illness.

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999; Haver, Beth. “Dorothea Litzinger.” Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, March 1, 2009. Jewish Women’s Archive.

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