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Sterner painting war posters in 1918

Albert Sterner (1863 – December 16, 1946) was an American illustrator and painter.


Early lifeEdit

Sterner was born in London, and attended King Edward's School, Birmingham. After a brief period in Germany, he eventually moved to the United States in 1879 to join his family who had previously moved to Chicago.[1][2] His brother was the architect Frederick Sterner, who had a career in Chicago and Denver before joining his brother in New York.[3]


Nude, circa 1916

He began doing lithography, painting, and illustrations. He opened a studio in New York in 1885 and began doing illustrations for magazines including Harper's Magazine, Scribner's Magazine, The Century Magazine, and Collier's. In 1888 he became a student at Académie Julian in Paris. He returned to the United States in 1918.[1][2]

In 1918, he returned to America and began teaching at the Art Students League in New York.[1][4][5]

Institutions that have exhibited his work include the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Carnegie Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.[1]

Sterner's awards include the Carnegie Prize at the National Academy of Design in 1941.[1]

His New York Times obituary stated that he was perhaps best known for his portraits, but "he was also noted for his nudes, religious subjects, landscapes, still-life work and, in his earlier days, his book and magazine illustrations."[6]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Singular Impressions: Albert Sterner". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Artist Biography: Albert Sterner". Spanierman Gallery LLC. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ Christopher Gray (June 29, 2003). "Streetscapes/The Frederick Sterner House, at 139 East 19th Street; An Architect Who Turned Brownstones Into Gems". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Instructors and Lecturers - Past and Present". Art Students League. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Celebrating the Line". Art Students League. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Albert Sterner, Noted Artist, 83; Portraitist, Lecturer, Teacher of Art Is Dead--Won Many Awards at Exhibitions Contributor to Magazines Wrote on Art Subjects". New York Times. 17 December 1946.
  7. ^ Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.

Further readingEdit

  • Flint, Ralph. Albert Sterner: his life and his art (1927)

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