Daddy took us to school. It snowed a little today. Mrs. Raifert came over. I stayed all night with her.
|View From My Studio - Kansas City, 1933|
(c) Fred Shane
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Fred Shane (Frederick Emanuel) studied at the Kansas City
Art Institute in 1923-24. He was with Randall Davey and John Sloan in Sante Fe in 1924; studied
at the Broadmoor Art Academy, Colorado Springs, 1925-26; and worked in New York, 1926-27,
where he met Robert Henri. In 1928 he visited North Africa, Spain, and France.
In 1932 Shane began teaching at the University of Missouri at Columbia; he was appointed
Art Department Chairman in 1958, and he retired in 1971. He was on the Public Works of Art
Project when he meet and developed a life-long friendship with Thomas Hart Benton in 1935.
Shane showed a painting at the New York World's Fair, 1939, and in 1940/41 made the mural
Picnic, Lake of the Ozarks, for the Post Office of Eldon, Missouri, a commission from the
US Treasury. From 1939 to 1944, Shane summered in Colorado, and in 1945 through 1949 in
California. In 1944 he was an artist-correspondent for the US Army Medical Corps.
An archive of work by Fred Shane is in the State Historical Society of Missouri. Additional
permanent collections with work by Shane are the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University;
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the St. Louis Art Museum; the Abbott Collection of
Paintings of Army Medicine and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC;
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Wolfsonian Foundation, Miami Beach; and the
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.