Frank Tenney Johnson USA

6-26-1874 Oakland, USA - 1-1-1939 Pasadena, USA

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Johnson, Frank Tenney

In 1893, Frank Tenney Johnson enrolled in the Milwaukee School of Art (absorbed by Milwaukee State Normal School in 1913), where he studied with Richard Lorenz, a well-known painter of western subjects. In 1895, Johnson moved to New York City where he studied with John Henry Twachtman at the Art Students League of New York.

In his early career, he worked primarily as an illustrator. He began working for Field & Stream magazine in 1904. In addition to Field & Stream, he contributed to Cosmopolitan and Harpers Weekly magazines, and illustrated the Western novels of Zane Grey.

Frank Tenney Johnson lived permanently in New York from 1904 until 1920, making numerous trips to the west to gather source material for his works that were completed in his New York studio. He lived on a ranch in Colorado for a while, later he went southwest to work on painting Native Americans. In 1920, he moved to Alhambra, California where he shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe. At this point Frank Tenney Johnson's easel paintings became more popular than his illustrations so he concentrated in this medium. Together Johnson and Forsythe founded the Biltmore Art Gallery at the Biltmore Hotel.

Between 1931 and 1939, he spent much of his time at his studio in Cody, Wyoming, just outside Yellowstone National Park. Many of his paintings were done there from studies inside the park.

Movement: American Western Art
Influences: Richard Lorenz, John Henry Twachtman
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