Dorothy Humphrey

(1916-2003)
Dorothy Humphrey, born in 1916, showed an early talent in art that her family sacrificed to support. Her brother Seymour sold his train set in order to buy Dorothy paints.  She attended the High School of Music and Art in New York before attending Hunter College where she majored in painting. In 1936 she moved to Woodstock, NY, to train with Ann Goldsmith at the Art Student's League. 

    She also worked as a model for the painter Josephine Cantine and eventually married that artist's eldest son, Holley.  In 1942 their only child, Toni, was born. Her second husband, William Humphrey whose novel Home From the Hill was translated into a dozen languages and made into a movie, also encouraged Dorothy's artistic pursuits. They lived in Italy and France for several years and upon their return bought a home in Hudson, NY.  There they built Dorothy's studio, which overlooks the Hudson Valley to the other side of the Hudson River and the Catskills.  The works she painted there over the next 30 years show the influences of the artists she studied in Europe; Picasso, Modigliani, Braque, and Van Gogh.  She never showed her work publicly until persuaded to do so when she was in her eighties. Her works were shown at Bard College and a private gallery in Hudson. They were also featured in the magazine "The Country and Abroad."  Dorothy passed away in 2003.  

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Self-Portrait (charcoal on paper)