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Fern Isabel Coppedge
(1883-1951)

1883: Born in Decatur, Illinois; 1908-10: Attended Art Institute of Chicago; 1911-1916: Moved to New York City and attended Art Students League. Also attended the Art Students League summer school in Woodstock, New York. Studied with WIlliam Merritt Chase, Frank DuMond, and John Carlson; 1918-19: Moved to Philadelphia and attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Also studied privately with Henry B. Snell. 1919: Started exhibiting with the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists working in Philadelphia; 1920: Moved to Lumberville, Pennsylvania, where she purchased a home near Daniel Garber’s residence; 1926: Traveled to Italy; 1920s-30s: Arrived at the mature painting style, influenced by the Fauves, that defined her best known work; 1951: Died at home.