Donna Schuster 1883 - 1953

Plein Air GuideBorn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a wealthy cigar manufacturer in 1883, Schuster attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Boston Museum School where she studied under Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson. In 1912 she went on a painting trip to Belgium with William M. Chase. The next yearshe moved to California and studied again with Chase in Carmel. In 1923 she built a house in Los Angeles CA where she lived for the rest of her life. In 1953 she passed away when she was trapped in her home during a brush fire. During the 1920s Schuster taught at the Otis Art Institute. Her paintings of people, landscapes and still lifes had a wonderful sense of impressionistic color and

brushwork.  After studying with Stanton McDonald Wright later in her career she experimented with Cubism and Abstract impressionism.  Donna was a member

and co-founder of the California Art Club, West Coast Arts Club, the California Water Color Society, Laguna Beach Art Association and co-founder of Women Painters of the West.

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