Frederick R. Wagner

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Born in Port Kennedy, Pennsylvania, Wagner was an impressionist painter. He was known for painting urban scenes featuring the Philadelphia area. From 1879 to 1884 Wagner attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) studying with Thomas Eakins. Upon finishing his studies at PAFA, Wagner traveled west to California to paint. In 1902, he returned to Philadelphia and was employed as an illustrator for the Philadelphia Press. There he was heavily influenced by the urban realism of Robert Henri, William Glackens, and John Sloan.

Wagner taught at PAFA’s Chester Springs School. He also founded the Addingham School of Painting in the suburbs of Philadelphia. His work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the James A. Michener Art Museum.


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