Frank von der Lancken

Artist Biography

Frank von der Lancken was a Brooklyn-born artist and teacher who chose to travel beyond the limits of New York to cultivate the arts across America. Indeed, by his death in 1950, von der Lancken had helped to create the Rochester Art League, establish the Kentucky Art Institute, and with his wife, Giulia, was known as “the first family of art in Tulsa.” In addition to these entrepreneurial activities, Von der Lancken was renowned as a talented painter who created portraits in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement and impressionist landscapes inspired by his French and American contemporaries. As a youth, von der Lancken studied at the Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, the Académie Julian, and Académie Colarossi. During his career, he taught courses at the School of Applied and Fine Arts of the Mechanics Institute (Rochester), University of Rochester, and University of Tulsa. He exhibited works at the National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where he won a gold medal in 1937), and with the Society of American Artists. Today, von der Lancken’s works may be seen at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, University of Rochester Library and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Selected Bibliography:

Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.
Parker, Thomas B. Frank von der Lancken, Artist and Educator. New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 2001.

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