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Irma Rene Kohn   Click Images to Enlarge

Market, Quebec, 1927
Market, Quebec, 1927
Gouache on paper,
9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches

(American, 1884-1975)

Irma Rene Koen was born in Rock Island, Illinois on October 8, 1884 and she studied with C.F. Brown, Lathrop and Snell in New York City before studying in Europe.

Returning from Europe to California, she painted on the West Coast until 1916 and exhibited that year at the Art Institute of Chicago scenes of the Monterey Peninsula.

While based in California and Chicago, Koen summered in Gloucester and Rockport, MA and painted many scenes of harbors in those locales. She was highly influenced by Robert Henri, Jane Peterson (this painting showing the vivid gouache pigments and multi-figural composition used by Peterson) and Ash Can painters and her paintings show an Ash Can influence in terms of color, style and designs.

During the 1950s, Koen painted in Mexico, Santa Barbara, CA and Washington, D.C. until her death in 1975.

Koen was a member of the North Shore Art Association of Gloucester, Chicago's Association of Painters & Sculptors, the National Association of Women Artists, the New York Water Color Club and elsewhere. She exhibited at the PAFA, Pan-Pacific International Exhibition (1915), Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Galleries' Association and in Gloucester.

Her work is represented in collections at the Rock Island Library, IL; Illinois State Museum; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH and she is listed in the American Art Annuals , 1913-1933 and Who's Who in American Art.