Anne Poor, American (1918 - 2002)

Anne Poor

The following is from the artist as dictated to Marianne Bloomfeld:

I am Anne Poor. I live in New City, NY and would like to provide you with the biography below.

Anne Poor was born in New York City (1918) and studied at the Art Students League while in high school. She assisted her stepfather Henry Varnum Poor in painting fresco murals in Washington, DC, and painted several post office murals independently. Enlisting in the Womens Army Corps in 1943, she worked as an artist-correspondent in the Air Force. In 1947, she joined the faculty of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and became a director.

She has won numerous prizes and grants. "Greece,"a book of her drawings with text by Henry Miller, was published in 1964 (Viking Press).

Marianne Bloomfield later wrote:
On a personal note, I had visited with her in her home several times last year (2001). The building was formerly Henry Varnum Poor's studio. It was of historic interest, and in serious need of repair. Anne wanted very much to write her autobiography, but couldn't find a publisher who was interested. It is sad that her story will never be told now that she is gone. I knew her only briefly and have just an inkling of the experiences in her life.


Following is the obituary of the artist, courtesy of Marianne Bloomfeld: Anne Poor died on Jan. 12, 2002. An obituary appears in The New York Times, Metro Section, page 37. It incorrectly identifies Haverstraw, NY as her home; she lived in New City, NY.

January 20, 2002
Anne Poor Dies at 84, Painter of War and Landscape

Anne Poor, an American artist who painted combat scenes in World War II and later concentrated on dreamlike landscapes, died in Nyack, N.Y., on Jan. 12. She was 84 and lived in Haverstraw, N.Y.

A native of New York City, Ms. Poor studied at the Art Students League while in high school. In the 1930's she helped her stepfather, the artist Henry Varnum Poor, paint murals for the United States Justice Department and the Department of the Interior in Washington. While in the Women's Army Corps in 1943 she gained attention for her depictions of military life, including air evacuation of the wounded in the Pacific. The paintings were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Among her later landscapes was a series done for a 1964 book, "Greece," with a text by Henry Miller. A critically praised New York solo show at Terry Dintenfass in 1992 included paintings of family, friends and pets, living and dead, surrounded by glowing flowers, all done in a distinctive, luminous style. An exhibition of works on paper appeared at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack last summer.

Ms. Poor taught at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture from 1947 to 1961 and was on the board of trustees from 1963 to '83. She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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