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Arrah Lee Gaul

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1888 - 1980)

Arrah Lee Gaul was a prolific artist who led a long and energetic life as painter, teacher, editor and arts administrator. Beginning her painting career at an early age, she was an active artist for eighty-two years. She trained from 1907 - 1910 at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women under Henry Snell and Elliot Daingerfield, among others. She exhibited with The Philadelphia Ten for their inaugural year in 1917, and went on to exhibit her work both nationally and internationally throughout her life. Aside from a three-year marriage that ended with her husband's death, Gaul traveled the world extensively; she traveled abroad three times with Henry Snell as her teacher and throughout her life both alone or with another painter. Destinations included exotic locations such as Greece, Italy and Algiers, after which she would exhibit works produced throughout her journeys. Her longest sojourn resulted in a seven-year trip traveling through China, Hong Kong, Thailand and India. While she painted many landscapes, seascapes and still lifes, Gaul considered herself a portraitist primarily.

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