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Georgina Klitgaard Portrait

Georgina Klitgaard

Spuyten Duyvil, New York 1893


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  • Bearsville, New York

Photo Caption:
Georgina Klitgaard, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0022187

Luce Artist Quote

"[Georgina Klitgaard] loves wide-spreading panoramas, with plenty of air and light, and all her pictures convey the sensation of excitement and exhilaration that one gets from looking down from a height on wide vistas." The Art Digest, November 1, 1929

Luce Artist Biography

After graduating from Barnard College, Georgina Klitgaard studied art at the National Academy of Design. In 1919 she married the Danish writer Kay Klitgaard, and for much of her career they lived in Bearsville, New York, only two miles from Woodstock's lively artists' colony. Klitgaard was known for her panoramic bird's-eye views of the rural New York landscape. A California critic wrote that her Woodstock landscapes looked like "Currier and Ives lithographs . . . with little clouds and precise arrangements of facts" (Millier, "New Spirit in Western Art", Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1929). During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration commissioned her to create murals for three United States post offices. This work helped her survive and allowed her to further her career. For the next forty years she exhibited her work widely.