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Constance Coleman Richardson

female 1905-2002
20th Century
Life city:
Indianapolis, IN
Work city:
Indianapolis, IN
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Constance Coleman Richardson was born in 1905 in Indianapolis, IN. She was exposed to art and cultural pursuits from an early age, attending a children’s academy hosted by the artist Helene Hibben, and regular discussions on history and religion with her father, Christopher B. Coleman, who was the secretary of the Indiana Historical Society.

Constance attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she met her future husband, Edgar Preston Richardson. Soon after their marriage, the couple moved to Detroit, MI, where Edgar was the assistant director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, eventually becoming the director of the organization. It was shortly after their move that Constance began focusing on the landscape form that would highlight here talents.

She was widely recognized for her superb treatment of light, oftentimes using it as the primary theme of her paintings. Probably her most famous work is Streetlight, a nighttime landscape of the Indianapolis street where Constance grew up.

Source: Skirting the Issue, by Newton and Weiss

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