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CARLE JOHN BLENNER was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1864. He was educated at Marburg, Germany, and graduated from the Yale University Art School.

He studied for six years at the Academie Julien in Paris, under Bouguereau, Robert-Fleury, and Aman-Jean. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1887, at age 23. His first exhibitions in the United States were in New York beginning around 1889. From the 1890s, he maintained a studio on 57th Street in New York for more than fifty years.

Two of Blenner’s paintings were selected for exhibition at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exposition. He exhibited regularly at the National Academy of Design and won their prestigious Hallgarten Prize in 1899. Additionally, Blenner won medals in Boston in 1891, at the Pan Am Expo in 1901, at the St. Louis Expo in 1904.

Blenner was a member of several prominent art clubs and organizations including, the American Federation of Artists, the Greenwich Academy of Fine Arts, the Greenwich Art Association, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, the Newport Art Association, Rhode Island, the Salmagundi Club, New York City, and the Washington Arts Club, Washington, D.C.

Blenner died in New Haven, Connecticut in 1952.

American Federation of Arts
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
Greenwich Art Association
New Haven Paint and Clay Club
Newport Art Association
Salmagundi Club, New York
Washington Arts Club, Wash. D.C.

Public Collections:
Fort Worth Art Museum
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
University of Vermont, Burlington