Frank H. Desch (1873-1934)

Frank H. Desch (1873-1934)

Frank H. Desch was born in Philadelphia and received his early training under William Merritt Chase at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts beginning in 1906. Upon graduating in 1909, he continued his education under Charles Hawthorne at his Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and in 1914, Desch joined Hawthorne and several other painters in establishing the Provincetown Art Association with the aim of collecting and exhibiting the work of local artists. Desch showed annually with the association until his death in 1934. 

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In addition to the PAA, Desch was a member of the Salmagundi Club and the Allied Artists of America, and took part in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Corcoran Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also an accomplished illustrator, completing work for several magazines and books, including When Kings Go Forth to Battle by William Wallace Whitelock (1907) and The Man in the Tower by Rupert S. Holland (1909). His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and the Salmagundi Museum of American Art in New York. 

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999; Vose Galleries’ archives.

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