Frederick Milton Grant was born in Sibley, Iowa in 1886. He lived in Chicago as an oil and watercolor landscape and still-life painter, studying at the Art Institute of Chicago with John Vanderpoel. In 1907 he traveled to Venice, Italy to become a student of William Merritt Chase and subsequently was give the annual award for best summer student. Grant followed Chase’s painterly technique and tendency towards romantic subject matter. In addition, Grant also traveled to Paris and studied Monet and Cézanne. Upon his return to Chicago, he grew into a respected member of the local art community. In 1914 he again took part in William Merritt Chase’s summer class in Carmel, California. Chase’s impact is seen particularly in the color in these later works of Grant’s. Frederick Milton Grant moved to Oakland, California in 1947 and passed away there in 1959.
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