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Florence Young
1872 - 1974

Florence Young lived to be 101 years old. She studied at the Art Student League in New York with William Merrit Chase.

After a year of study in Holland, Florence maintained a studio in Chicago for seven years where she studied with Nicolai Fechin at the Art Institute of Chicago. Then, she moved to the Los Angeles area, just south of Pasadena in the town of Alhambra.

In the early 20th century, Alhambra was quite the artist colony. In 1923, Florence made her studio home for the next thirty years on Granada Avenue. Just five blocks away were many of her artist friends and associates who lived on Champion place, later dubbed "Artist's Alley," where legendary artists Clyde Forsythe, Sam Hyde Harris, Frank Tenney Johnson, and Jack Wilkinson Smith maintained homes and studios. Associated with this "Artist Alley" group was Norman Rockwell, Clyde Forsythe's studio mate from his New York days, who would visit Artist Alley each winter to escape Massachusetts winters. Norman married a school teacher who lived on Champion Place named Mary Barstow. See a 1961 newspaper article below about the artists of Alhambra, CA.

From her studio base in Alhambra, Florence painted California scenes en plein air, northward to Monterey Bay, Carmel, Yosemite and even to the Gulf of Alaska. And like her neighbors on Alhambra's Artist's Alley, she loved painting California desert scenes.

In Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk, Florence Young's painting is likened to California painting giants Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Maurice Braun, Seldon Gile, Percy Gray, the Wachtels, Hanson Puthuff, Sam Hyde Harris and more.

She has been exhibited widely, was a member of Women Painters of the West and the Society for Sanity in Art. Her work may be seen in the Orange County Museum, and the Iowa Museum. Source: AskArt.com

Florence Upson Young Alaskan Inlet Midsized Thumbnail
Florence Upson Young Tree and Mountain Midsized Thumbnail
Mt. Whitney from the Alabama Hills
Florence Upson Young Half Dome Midsized Thumbnail
Half Dome, Yosemite
Florence Upson Young Cabin in the Foothills Midsized Thumbnail
Cabin in the Foothills
Florence Upson Young Eucalyptus Trees and Mountain
Eucalyptus and Mountain
Florence Upson Young Desert Midsized Thumbnail
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Florence Upson Young Alhambra Press Advocate Article Feb 1961