Adele Herter (McGinnis) (1869 - 1946)

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About Adele Herter (McGinnis)

Adele Herter (née McGinnis) was an artist and wife of fellow artist Albert Herter. Her father was a New York banker. Her brother-in-law, Dr. Christian Archibald Herter, was a very close friend of Lillie Bliss, one of the founders of the Museum of Modern Art along with Abby Rockefeller.

She studied under William-Adophe Bouguereau, Gustave Courtois, and Tony Robert-Fleury at the Académie Julian in Paris. It was in the French capital taht she met fellow student and new Yorker Albert Herter, who would have a distinguished career as a painter, muralist and decorator. The couple married in New York in 1893. Thereafter, their careers were esssentially inseparable.

Although known for floral still life and decorative wall paintings, McGinnis was principally a portraitist. Many of her sitters, such as Mrs. John D. Rockefeller and Mrs. Edward S. Harkness, were from her own American upper-class background.

McGinnis received awards at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, in 1901 and the Louisiana Purshcase Exposition in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1904. She was a charter member of the Cosmopolitan Club, New York.

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Adele Herter's Timeline

Age 21
February 19, 1894
Age 25
New York, NY, USA
Age 26
Age 77