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LeConte Stewart

LeConte Stewart was born in Glenwood, Utah in 1891. He was an art educator and realist painter considered by some to be the godfather of Utah landscape. He died in 1990 in Kaysville, Utah.

Stewart studied at the University of Utah with Edwin Evans in 1911 and took private lessons from A. B. Wright in 1912. He moved to New York in 1913 where he studied with J. F. Carlson, Frank DuMond, and Walter Goltz at the Art Students League.

Stewart was involved in temple decoration for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1917 to 1919 at its temple in Hawaii. In 1922, he was involved in decorating the Cardston, Canada temple.  Farmington in Winter (1926), October in the Moffett Home, Eden, Utah (1931), and Threshing Wheat in Porterville (1952) are examples of this theme.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

LeConte Stewart was born in 1891 in Glenwood, Utah. His extensive art education began with study in 1912 at the University of Utah with Edwin Evans and private instruction with A.B. Wright. From 1913 through 1914 he attended the Art Students League summer school at Woodstock, New York where he studied with John F. Carlosn and Walter Goltz. He later attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Chester Springs.

During his art study, Stewart pursued a teaching career, starting in 1911 when he became an elementary teacher in the Murray City Schools. He then taught in Davis County schools, Salt Lake schools, and Ogden schools. He left Ogden Senior High School to become chairman of the Art Department at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he retired in 1956 as professor emeritus.

LeConte Stewart mainly painted oil landscapes, which he usually painted quickly, on-site. He is predominantly known for his unidealized paintings of rural Utah; but he was also very productive in portraiture mural painting, drawing, etching, lithography, pastel, and design.

Biography Courtesy of The Springville Museum of Art.

Newspaper Articles

"3 New Paintings at U.M.F.A." The Deseret News, June 2, 2002.

"A Lasting Impression." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 7, 2004.

"Art an Investment in Pleasure." The Deseret News, September 26, 2002.

"Arts Festival `88." The Deseret News, June 19, 1988.

"Art From Start To Finish." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 18, 1998.

"Art Notes: Exhibit Moves from Festival to Art Center." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 30, 1991.

"Art Of The Depression Colorful Works That Reflect Hope." The Deseret News, September 25, 1988.

"Art Show at Capitol." The Deseret News, September 14, 2003.

"Caption Only: Celebrate The Art Of Leconte Stewart." The Deseret News, November 3, 2002.

"Cultural Corner." The Deseret News, February 24, 2002.

"Gallery Stroll May Be Lucky Day." The Deseret News, October 8, 1989.

"LeConte Stewart: A Fresh Look." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 3, 2002.

"LeConte Stewart Exhibition Opens Tonight." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 23, 1991.

"Museum Features Works of 2 Utah Landscape Artists." The Deseret News, February 15, 2004.

"Salt Lake, Davis Galleries Offer A Feast For The Eyes Take A Break And Visit A Nearby Exhibit." The Deseret News, October 9, 1988.

"The Deseret News Art Show Winners: Watercolorists Sparkle As Event Marks Its 17th Year." The Deseret News, October 1989.

"The Soul of Utah L.D.S. Museum Presents Visual Homage to State L.D.S. Museum Explores Utah Art Landscape." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 3, 1995.

"The Spirit of Utah: Local Artists' Works Come Together for Olympic Exhibition in Springville." The Deseret News, February 3, 2002.

"Utah Artists' Link to the Landscape." The Deseret News, July 17, 2003.

"Utahns' Works on Display." The Deseret News, June 1, 2003.

Books

Cosgrave, Luke. A Review. Salt Lake City, UT: Friends of the Marriott Library, 1997.

Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference. Ventura, CA: Davenport's Art Reference, 2001.

Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson, ed. The Artists Bluebook: 29,000 North American Artists. Scottsdale, AZ: AskART.com, 2003.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art: Compiled from the Original Thirty-four Volumes of American Art Annual--Who's Who in Art, Biographies of American Artists Active from 1898-1947. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1985.

Fielding, Mantle, and Glenn B. Opitz, eds. Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers. Poughkeepsie, NY: Apollo, 1986.

Gerdts, William H. Art Across America : Two Centuries of Regional Painting, 1710-1920. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1990.

Haseltine, James L. 100 Years of Utah Painting: Selected Works from the 1840s to the 1940s. Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake Arts Center, 1965.

Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Index of Artists, International-Biographical; Including Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Engravers and Etchers of the Past and the Present. New York, NY: Peregrine Smith, 1948.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Samuels, Peggy, and Harold Samuels. The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976.

Springville Museum of Art. Permanent Collection Catalog. Springville, UT: Springville Museum of Art, 1972.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Art. Layton, UT: Peregrine Smith Books, 1992.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton, and Janie Rogers. 150 Years Survey of Utah Art, Utah Artists. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1991.

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