Caroline Van Hook Bean

Artist Biography

Born in Washington, DC, Caroline Van Hook Bean is best known for her portraits and street scenes of New York City and Washington. She studied at Smith College and became acquainted with Impressionism in Paris. Bean was a student of notable painters of the time like William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), Harry Thompson (1840–1906), and her first father-in-law, Bernardus J. Blommers (1845–1914). During World War I, she created a series of images of wartime New York, and began receiving portrait commissions from dignitaries. She also began restoring old Georgetown houses, usually completing a painted image of the home afterward. Her work was exhibited at the Cosmos Club, High Museum of Art, Milch Gallery, Ferargil Galleries, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Greater Washington Independent Exhibition of 1935, and many other venues. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cosmos Club and the Dayton Art Institute.

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