Forrest Flower

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(1912, Portage, WI – 1948, Wauwatosa, WI)

While Forrest Wayne Flower died prematurely at the age of 36, his mark on the Midwest’s artistic scene is undeniable. Charlotte Partridge, his teacher at the Layton School of Art, said, “Forrest Flower’s influence on the art of Wisconsin is real and enduring. He struggled unceasingly to learn the craft of painting. He was a slow painter, seldom satisfied because his goal was high.”

Flower received multiple awards to study at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee under Partridge and Gerrit Sinclair. He graduated in 1934.

Professionally, Flower got his start documenting a Civilian Conservation Camp in Upper Michigan as a WPA artist. Also, under the act, he painted murals for post offices in Wisconsin, including one

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Forrest Flower