“Bend Along the Chagrin”
George Gustav Adomeit
(American 1879-1964) circa 1930's
Oil on canvas board
16 x 20 inches 21 x 25 w/frame)
A major painter of American scene subjects, George Adomeit was born in Memel, Germany and moved to Cleveland at the age of four. Encouraged by his family, he set up a drawing studio in his home by the age of eight. Adomeit took art lessons throughout his high school years and, after winning a full scholarship to the Cleveland School of Art, chose instead a three-year apprenticeship in lithography. He was the cofounder of the Caxton Company, an engraving and commercial art firm that gained national acclaim.
Adomeit's talent for drawing led him to formal training at the Cleveland School of Art, where he graduated in 1911. His first exhibition was of work done outdoors in Zoar, Ohio, a popular plein air painting locale for artists interested in rural subject matter. His imagery was also inspired by many other locations including vacation spots such as Cape Cod, Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine and sites in Mexico, Canada and Brazil.
Adomeit gained a national reputation by showing in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and many museums in the East and Midwest.
Cleveland Museum of Art