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Frances C Greenman
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Frances C Greenman

06/28/1890 – 05/24/1981

Disposition

05/27/1981 (Burial)

Location

Section 9 Lot 397B Grave 4
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A vivacious and nationally known Mimmeapolis artist, Greenman was noted for her portraits of celebrities, including conductor Emil Oberhoffer and actresses Mary Pickford and Dolores Del Rio. She also was a columnist for the Minneapolis Tribune. Greenman's official governor's portrait of Karl F. Rolvaag hangs in the Minnesota State Capitol. Born in 1890 at Aberdeen, South Dakota, Francis Cranmer Greenman enrolled at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. at the age of sixteen and won its gold medal four years later. She went on to study in New York City with William Merrit Chase and l ater Robert Henri. By 1921, she had established herself as a society painter in Minneapolis.The influence of Henri's teachings can be seen in Greenman's work. Though she spent a fair amount of time planning her works, she completed her paintings rapidly in order to capture her subjects' true expressions. Throughout her career, Greenman maintained a permanent studio at the Hampshire Arms Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as studios in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Hollywood, California. She is k nown for her numerous portraits, particularly those of celebrities and that of fellow artist Dewey Albinson, and it is said that she used to sing as she painted to help relax her subjects. In 1954, she wrote an autobiography entitled, Higher Than the Sky. Greenman taught at the Minneapolis School of Art from 1941-43 and was also an art columnist and critic for the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune (today's Star Tribune). She died in 1981 in Medina, Minnesota. - From the book "Six Feet Under" by Stew Thornley

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