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b.1866 - 1965

Living to be nearly 100 in her native city of Toledo, Ohio, Anna Thorne, at age 89 in 1955 had little time to discuss the career of her past because she was organizing the second of two solo exhibitions of her work at the Toledo Museum of Art. She had also exhibited regularly at the Toledo Area Artist annuals.

Interviewed just before the exhibit opening by Sir Andre Valmont of the Toledo Blade newspaper, she said she had studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Chicago Art Institute, and then went to Europe where she spent much time in Paris and Italy. In Paris, Impressionism was coming into fashion, and she had a chance to visit with one of its exponents, Mary Cassatt, whom Thorne described as wearing a “lovely lace cap” and telling her to never “sell her soul” to dealers. Thorne remained active enough in Paris to have a painting exhibited at the 1916 Paris Salon.

In Italy on that same trip, Thorne painted landscapes and was especially taken with the Sicilian people. Of this time, she said: “They thought I was a spy, and the children threw stones at me. They weren’t used to women painters.” She also painted alone in Tunis and other Arabian cities “not considered safe for a lady.”

She created particular attention in the late 19th and early 20th centuries wherever she went because she was one of the first women to bob her hair and also had the habit of setting up her easel on sidewalks including in New Orleans. In Sarasota, Florida, she arranged to get behind the scenes of the Ringling Circus, and painted images from that experience.

During the 1930s Depression era, Thorne was hired as a WPA artist and with that project did murals for the Toledo Zoo and the city’s old library building.

In 1937, she drove cross-country to California with two Pekinese dogs and participated in arts events at Laguna Beach. She told amusing stories about herself including about the Los Angeles foot surgeon who removed her bunion with payment exchange being one of her paintings.

Of her career and finances, she said: “I’ve never had enough money, but I went third class to Europe. There’s nothing to paint in a first-class compartment anyway. I have an eye for the picturesque.”

Although she claimed she had never made much money with her artwork and few formal honors, she reflected on her life as “full and rich.” She said: “It wasn’t easy for a woman to be a painter when I started. People thought I was a freakish female, and that makes an artist timid.”

On the occasion of her 91st birthday, an article about her in The Toledo Blade by Louise Bruner, Art Editor, stated that Louise, who did not wear glasses and “stands erect”, spent the day in her studio making 85 linoleum block Christmas cards and typing the envelopes. She said: “I don’t have time to be reminded that I’m getting old.” And trying to insure that getting old wasn’t hindering her life patterns, she described her nutrition habits of drinking a pint of freshly extracted carrot juice every morning, eating wheat germ and brewers yeast and nibbling from a bag of sunflower seeds.

In 1965, at age 99, Anna Louise Thorne died from a stroke in a Toledo hospital.

Anna L. Thorne Painting, Oil on Board 13 X 16 (Interest categories: Oil on Board, Landscape, Historic, Painting, Traditional Paintings, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Anna L. Thorne Artist)

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"Moore Art: A Family Affair"

Exhibition, Reception, and Sale

Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor Galleries is excited to announce ” Moore Art: A Family Affair,” a special exhibition featuring the works of American impressionist painter Robert Moore and his two children, Anna, and Robbie Moore. The exhibition will open on May, 18, 2023, and run through June 8th, 2023, at Broadmoor Galleries located at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

WHAT:    Moore Art: A Family Affair

WHO:      Featuring:
                 Robert Moore, Anna Moore, and Robbie Moore

WHEN:    Thursday, May 18th, from 4-8PM

WHERE:  Broadmoor Galleries at the Broadmoor Hotel
                  1 Lake Circle
                  Colorado Springs CO 80906


Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs is proud to present “Moore Art: A Family Affair,” an exhibition that showcases the unique artistic styles of American impressionist artist Robert Moore, and his two children, Anna, and Robbie Moore. Robert, who is colorblind and paints with both hands simultaneously, has established himself as a prominent figure in the art world, and his children have followed in his footsteps.

Robert Moore, a celebrated American painter who is colorblind and paints with both hands simultaneously, is known for his signature landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits. The exhibition will showcase a range of Moore’s works alongside those of his talented children.

“Moore Art: A Family Affair” is a unique opportunity to experience the work of three incredibly talented artists from the same family,” said Broadmoor Galleries director, Jamie Oberloh. “Robert Moore’s impressionistic style is a true representation of the beauty and diversity of America, and his children Anna and Robbie are following in his footsteps with their own unique styles and techniques.”

Robert Moore’s artistic achievements are all the more remarkable given that he is colorblind. Despite this, he has become known for his ability to create vivid and striking color palettes in his paintings. He has also developed a unique technique of painting with both hands simultaneously, which allows him to create intricate details and textures in his works.

Moore’s use of both hands to paint has been compared to the way a pianist uses both hands to play a complex piece of music. This technique requires a great deal of focus and coordination, and it has become one of Moore’s signature methods.

Moore’s colorblindness has also influenced his work in other ways. He has said that he is drawn to painting landscapes because he is able to see the world in shades of green, which he can differentiate more easily than other colors. This has led him to develop a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and the environment.

Despite his colorblindness and unique painting technique, Robert Moore has become one of America’s most beloved impressionist painters. His works continue to inspire and captivate viewers, and his contributions to American art are truly remarkable.

Anna Moore, a professional artist in her own right, draws inspiration from her father’s work and her surroundings, using her skillful brushstrokes to capture the essence of nature in her landscapes. She works in a variety of media, including oil painting, watercolor, and printmaking. Her work is inspired by the natural beauty of the American West and the people and places that inhabit it.  

Robbie Moore, who recently graduated with a Finance degree from the University of Arkansas, has always had a passion for art and the natural world. He has developed his skills in drawing, gouache, watercolor, and oil painting, and his work has been featured in a company calendar commissioned by his employer. With his father’s legacy of developing artists and a lineage of artists in his family, Robbie’s future aspiration is to make the most out of his upbringing and create a name for himself in the art world.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the work of three incredibly talented artists,” said Broadmoor Galleries’ director, Jamie Oberloh. “The combination of Robert’s impressionistic paintings with Anna and Robbie’s unique styles and mediums creates a truly exceptional exhibition that will delight and inspire our visitors. Their paintings are a true representation of the beauty and diversity of America, and we are honored to share the work with our community.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from May 18th, 2023, through June 8th, 2023, and will feature a special reception on May 18th, 2023, from 4-8 pm, where visitors can meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. All works in the exhibition will be available for sale.

Recommended Supplies

  • Oil paints
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium
    • Viridian Green
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Quinacridone Violet
    • Burnt sienna
    • Yellow ochre
    • Paynes Grey
    • White
  • Filbert brushes – #4, #8, and #12
  • Palette knives – 3” teardrop shape (if you want to paint with knives)
  • Razor scraper
  • Easel or Pochade box
  • 5 larger (12×16 up) canvases, canvas boards (or masonite boards)
  • 10 Small (8×10 – 11×14) Boards for Quick Studies
  • Odorless Thinner-Turpentine
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Trash Bags
  • Drop Cloth
  • Apron and/or clothes suitable for painting


Optional Supplies

  • Carrier for wet paintings
  • Photos for subject reference

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