Francis Vandeveer Kughler: Self-portrait
Francis Vandeveer Kughler: Self-portrait. Oil on canvas. 12 x 16. Framed.
(1901-1970) Born in New York City, Kughler was educated in New York City public schools and art schools: De Witt Clinton High School, Cooper Union, the Mechanics' Institute and the National Academy of Design School of Art where he met Charlotte Livingston, an artist, whom he was later to marry. During this period he was the winner of a Tiffany scholarship, which provided him a summer of landscape painting at the Louis Comfort Tiffany estate at Oyster Bay, L.I. In the 1940s, Kughler became the President of the Salmagundi Club, a well-known club in Washington Square in New York City that had been the singular gathering place for such great artists as Childe Hassam, William Merrit Chase, Howard Pyle, Carles Dana Gibson, Ogden Pleisner. During WWII, Kughler was selected by the Associated Press to paint memorials of six war correspondents who had been killed while reporting the news. Besides his work as a muralist and lithographer, Kughler was equally well-known for his cityscapes, landscapes, and nudes. He and his first wife, Charlotte Livingston, lived and worked in Bronx, New York. He later remarried.