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Frederic Clay Bartlett: Artist and Collector

  • Glessner House Museum 1800 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL, 60616 United States (map)

Frederic Clay Bartlett (1873-1953) received a privileged upbringing on Prairie Avenue, but after viewing the art at the World’s Columbian Exposition, set out on an artistic career of his own.  As one of the first Americans to be admitted to the Royal Academy in Munich, he studied with leading European artists of the day before returning to Chicago in 1900.  Establishing his studio in the Fine Arts Building, he received a number of significant mural commissions and also completed numerous paintings which were exhibited at the Art Institute and elsewhere.  In the 1920s, he donated an important collection of post-Impressionist paintings to the Art Institute including the first works by Picasso, Degas, and Van Gogh to enter the museum collection.

In this lecture, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will explore Bartlett’s career as both artist and collector and the impact it had on Chicago’s art scene. 

This is the first in a series of four lectures being presented in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit

(Photo by Martin Cheung for Friends of Historic Second Church)

$10 per person / $8 for members 

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