Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956

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John Storrs, born in Chicago, decided to become a sculptor while abroad in 1907-1908. After his return, he studied with Lorado Taft at the Chicago Art Institute and with Charles Grafly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to France in 1912, where he was a favorite pupil of Rodin. Storrs turned from traditional representation to Cubist and machinelike forms in 1920. His many colleagues included Louise Bryant and Jacques Lipschitz. After 1921, he and his wife, French writer Marguerite de Ville Chabrol, lived in their chateau Chantecaille near Blois. Between 1941-1944, Storrs was arrested and imprisoned several times by the Gestapo. Following the war, he continued his work and was active in local art associations.

From the description of John Henry Bradley Storrs scrapbook and studio book, 1909-1972, 1909-1938 (bulk dates). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82274950

John Henry Bradley Storrs (1885-1956) was a sculptor from Chicago, Ill. and Mer, France.

Storrs studied with Lorado Taft at the Chicago Art Institute and with Charles Grafly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts upon his return from a trip abroad, 1907-1908. He returned to France in 1912, where he studied with Auguste Rodin. He turned from traditional representation to machinelike forms in 1920. After 1921, he and his wife, French writer Maguerite Deville Chabrol, lived in their chateau Chantecaille in Mer, France. Between 1941-1944, Storrs was arrested and imprisoned several times by the Gestapo.

From the description of John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1987, bulk 1900-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 430380294

Sculptor; Paris, France and Chicago, Ill.

Studied with Lorado Taft at the Chicago Art Institute and with Charles Grafly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts upon his return from a trip abroad, 1907-1908. He returned to France in 1912, where he studied with Rodin. Turned from traditional representation to machinelike forms in 1920. After 1921, he and his wife, French writer Maguerite Deville Chabrol, lived in their chateau Chantecaille near Blois. Between 1941-1944, Storrs was arrested and imprisoned several times by the Gestapo.

From the description of John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1847-1987. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84293858

John Henry Bradley Storrs (1885-1956) worked primarily in Chicago, Illinois, and Mer, France, as a sculptor, painter, and printmaker.

John Storrs was born in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois, to David William Storrs, an architect, and Hannah Bradley Storrs. Upon completing his schooling in 1905 he went to Berlin with the intention of studying music, but instead chose to study sculpture with the Arthur Bock in Hamburg, Germany. He also spent time in Paris and traveled throughout Europe, Turkey, and Egypt, returning to the US in late 1907. Storrs took night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by periods of study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with Bela Pratt, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Charles Grafly. In 1912 he returned to Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian and with the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. During this period his work was greatly influenced by cubism and futurism. In 1914 he married French writer Marguerite Deville-Chabrol. After briefly returning to the US to exhibit his work, Storrs worked at a hospital in Paris throughout World War I and in 1918 his daughter Monique was born. He and his family settled in Mer, France, at the Chateau de Chantecaille in 1921.

The following two decades were very productive for Storrs and he frequently travelled between the US and France to exhibit and create work. He showed in many notable exhibits such as the Société Anonyme's International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York in 1926, and he completed several commissions such as a statue for the Chicago Board of Trade in 1929. During this time Storrs completely moved away from representational work and refined his non-objective, machine-like sculpture. Besides sculpture, he also produced many paintings, woodcuts, lithographs, and other works on paper. He created works for the Century of Progress International Exposition in 1933 and also worked for the Public Works of Art Project in 1934.

During World War II Storrs was twice arrested and imprisoned by the German occupation forces, once for six months from 1941 to 1942 and again in 1944 along with his daughter Monique who was part of the French Resistance. These events greatly impacted his health and he produced very little work in the late 1940s and 1950s. He continued to exhibit his work and was also president in 1954 of the Ecole de la Loire, a group of 75 artists working in the Loire Valley. John Storrs died in 1956.

From the guide to the John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1996, bulk 1900-1956, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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referencedIn Storrs, John H.B. : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Robert Schoelkopf Gallery. Robert Schoelkopf Gallery records, 1851-1991 (bulk 1962-1991). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Dreier, Katherine Sophie, 1877-1952. Katherine S. Dreier papers / Société Anonyme archive, 1818-1952 (bulk 1920-1951). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Storrs, Marguerite Deville Chabrol. Storrs-Deville Chabrol family papers, 1850-1964, bulk 1875-1945. Newberry Library
referencedIn Robert Schoelkopf Gallery records, 1851-1991, bulk 1962-1991 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Katherine S. Dreier papers / Société Anonyme archive, 1818-1952, 1920-1951 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1987, bulk 1900-1956. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. John Henry Bradley Storrs scrapbook and studio book, 1909-1972, 1909-1938 (bulk dates). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dreier, Katherine Sophie, 1877-1952. Katherine S. Dreier papers / Société Anonyme archive, 1818-1952 (bulk 1920-1951) Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Frackman, Noel. Noel Frackman research material on John Henry Bradley Storrs, 1972-2003. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Storrs, John, 1885-1956 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1837-1996, bulk 1900-1956 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Storrs, John Henry Bradley, 1885-1956. John Henry Bradley Storrs papers, 1847-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974, bulk 1926-1969. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Andersen, Hendrik Christian, 1872-1940. person
associatedWith Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941. person
associatedWith Bennett, Edward person
associatedWith Bennett, Edward H. person
associatedWith Biddle, George, 1885- person
associatedWith Blum, Jerome, 1884-1956. person
associatedWith Braque, Georges, 1882-1963. person
associatedWith Bryant, Louise, 1885-1936. person
associatedWith Bullitt, William C. (William Christian), 1891-1967. person
associatedWith Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Cole, Walter, b. 1891. person
associatedWith Cret, Paul Philippe, 1876-1945. person
associatedWith Dismorr, Jessica Stewart, 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Downtown Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dreier, Katherine Sophie, 1877-1952. person
associatedWith Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968. person
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969. person
associatedWith Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939. person
associatedWith Frackman, Noel. person
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895- person
associatedWith Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970. person
associatedWith Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943. person
associatedWith Heap, Jane person
associatedWith Heap, Jane. person
associatedWith Hecht, Zoltan, 1890-1968. person
associatedWith Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987. person
associatedWith Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955. person
associatedWith Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891- person
associatedWith Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973. person
associatedWith Ray, Man, 1890-1976. person
associatedWith Robert Schoelkopf Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917. person
associatedWith Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965. person
associatedWith Sloan, John, 1871-1951. person
associatedWith Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946. person
associatedWith Stella, Joseph, 1877-1946. person
associatedWith Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957. person
associatedWith Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. person
associatedWith Storrs, Marguerite Deville Chabrol. person
associatedWith Survage, Leopold person
associatedWith Survage, Leopold, person
associatedWith Zorach, Marguerite, 1887-1968. person
associatedWith Zorach, William, 1887-1966. person
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Illinois--Chicago
France
France--Paris
France
Illinois--Chicago
France--Paris
Subject
Sculpture, Modern--20th century
Expatriate artists
Painters
Painters--Illinois--Chicago
Sculptors--France--Paris
Painters--France--Paris
Printmakers--France--Paris
Art students--France--Paris--Photographs
Sculptors--Illinois--Chicago
Art students--Photographs
World War, 1939-1945--France
Artists' studios--Photographs
World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements
Sculptors
Art--Economic aspects
Expatriate artists--France
World War, 1939-1945
Artists' studios--France--Paris--Photographs
Printmakers--Illinois--Chicago
Printmakers
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Birth 1885-06-28

Death 1956-04-23

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