George Joseph Seideneck (1885-1972)

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George Joseph Seideneck -
"The Old Philosopher"
24" x 20"
Oil on canvas
Signed U.R.
Signed upper right
Signed and dated lower right

Exhibited: Carmel Art Association's Members Exhibition at the Stanford Art Gallery in 1929. “The Old Philosopher” was chosen as one of the thirty-five best paintings for inclusion in a traveling exhibition with stops at the Oakland Art Gallery and the East-West Gallery. At the latter, this painting was admired for its "conservative character."

Seideneck also exhibited “The Old Philosopher” in 1932 at the Carmel Art Association’s Sixteenth Exhibition.

~An accomplished artisan and teacher ~
Won recognition as a portraiture, photographer and landscape painter

As a youth, he had a natural talent for art and excelled in drawing boats on Lake Michigan. Upon graduation from high school, he briefly became an apprentice to a wood engraver. He received his early art training in Chicago at the Smith Art Academy and then worked as a fashion illustrator. He attended night classes at the Chicago Art Institute and the Palette & Chisel Club.

In 1911 Seideneck spent three years studying and painting in Europe. In England he studied with the Canadian painter, Harry Britton, under whom he developed a penchant for portraiture. When he returned to Chicago he taught composition, life classes and portraiture at the Academy of Fine Art and Academy of Design.

He made his first visit to the West Coast in 1915 to attend the P.P.I.E. (SF). Seideneck again came to California in 1918 on a sketching tour renting the temporarily vacant Carmel Highlands home of William Ritschel. While in Carmel he met artist Catherine Comstock, also a Chicago-born Art Institute-trained painter. They married in 1920 and made Carmel their home, establishing studios in the Seven Arts Building and becoming prominent members of the local arts community.