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Jessie Arms Botke


Aviary Scene
circa 1935-1940

Oil on board
20 x 24 x 2 in.
Gift of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation

Aviary Scene features a recurrent theme by the artist of the study of birds in their natural settings. Inspired by earlier work as a designer, Botke worked with woven tapestries that included peacocks, swan, and geese.

Born in Chicago Illinois, Botke is an artist and interior designer. She attended the Chicago Art Institute in 1897-98, and again in 1902-05. While at the Institute, Botke worked under renowned painter, muralist, and interior designer Albert Herter, who influenced her approach to composition and color. She began exhibiting her work in 1917 and moved to California in 1919 with her husband, Cornelious Botke, where she continued as an exhibitor and muralist.

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