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Arthur William Hall (1889 - 1981)  Artworks >>

The following was submitted June, 2002, by Denise Morris, Art Appraiser of Eldorado, Kansas. Born in Bowie, Texas in 1899, Arthur Hall spent his childhood in Oklahoma and Virginia. He began his professional training at the Chicago Art Institute, where he met his future wife Norma Bassett. Hall's early career was interrupted by World War I. While serving with the infantry in southern France, however, Hall was exposed for the first time to the beauties of that region. Following the war in 1921, Hall moved to El Dorado, Kansas, and became a court reporter for the Thirteenth Judicial District. He had learned stenography as a student, and his skill provided him a ready means of employment. Hall married Norma Bassett in 1922, and the couple continued to make their home in El Dorado until 1925. In 1925, the Halls traveled to Europe where they spent almost two years studying and sketching in England, Scotland, and on the French Riviera. While in Scotland, they met the noted English etcher E. S. Lumsden and his wife Mable Royds, who was a well-known blockprint artist. A warm friendship ensued, and the Halls spent a year studying in the Lumsden studio. During this period, Hall completed his first etchings and drypoints. After two years in Europe, the Halls returned to El Dorado, and Arthur resumed his job as a court reporter. This position was ideally suited to his artistic interests since the annual two month summer court recess allowed ample time for extended sketching trips. The Halls became active participants in the Wichita circle of artists, which eventually formed the Prairie Printmakers. During the late thirties, the Halls moved to Virginia where they built a home and intended to live near Arthur's family. The outbreak of World War II changed their plans, and they returned to briefly to Kansas before settling in Santa Fe in 1944. In Santa Fe, the Halls lived and worked in a two-hundred year old adobe house that had been the home of Gearld Cassidy. They remained in Santa Fe until 1950 when they purchased Rancho del Rio, an estate near Alcalde a village between Santa Fe and Taos. Here they operated and art school and studio. Norma died in 1957, and Hall married Glada Lockhart in 1963. The school was sold shortly after that, and Hall gave up printmaking and worked exclusively in watercolor. He died at the age of 91 in 1981 in Sun City, Arizona. Hall's images reflect the influence of the years he spent in France, Kansas, the South and the Southwest. His prints are normally identified in the plate by his name or less frequently by initials. In some work the year also appears in the plate. The prints are signed in pencil below the right corner of the image. The title if given is penciled beneath the left corner of the image. In isolated cases, the total number in the edition may also appear in pencil below the image. Halls achieved a national reputation as a printmaker. Aside from his charter membership in the Prairie Printmakers, he held memberships in the Society of American Etchers, the Chicago Society of Etchers, the New York Society of Etchers, and the Printmakers Society of California. His works were selected as gifts for the Printmakers of California in 1930, the Prairie Printmakers in 1932, and the Chicago Society of Etchers in 1944. Among the awards given to Hall prints were the Bryan Prize for the best group of American Prints at the Eighth International Exposition of Prints in Los Angeles in 1927; gold and bronze medals in 1929; and 1932 from the Kansas City Art Institute. His drypoint Field Hand earned the Henry B. Shope Prize for the best etching in the Annual Exhibition of the Society of American Etchers in 1937. His prints are included in such important collections as Bibliothezue Nationale of Paris, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Source

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