Earle, George Frederic

Earle, George F. (1913-2010)

George Frederic Earle was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He began oil painting at the age of 8. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, and while at Syracuse he organized the institution’s first ski team. After graduating from Syracuse Earle “travelled alone by burro through the tropical west coast region of Mexico” for a year. He then moved to Connecticut in 1928 and pursued an advanced degree of fine arts at Yale. From 1939-1941 he painted around 82 oil works for the WPA. Earle enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He joined the 10th Mountain Division serving as a ski instructor with the Mountain Training Group at Camp Hale, Colorado then served in the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment seeing action on Kiska Island in the Aleutians and in combat in Italy. Earle was a combat artist “painting most of the scenes in 30 minutes or less.” He donated his art work to the Denver Public Library [George F. Earle Papers, 1943-1945, 1993-1995]. He later wrote a history of the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment. After the war Earle completed his degree at Yale and returned to Syracuse University to teach skiing and run the largest ski school in the U.S. He taught architecture, art design, and art history and continued to paint. Earle died in 1994, and in 2003 the State University of New York Department of Landscape Architecture established the George F. Earle Scholarship.

Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Artist’s Biography;Social Security Death Index; AskART; Who Was Who in American Art (1985), p. 179; Finding Aid to the George F. Earle Papers at the Denver Public Library through Denver Public Library Online.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from George Earle:

Connecticut Shore: oil
Blakeman’s Barn: watercolor
Housatonic Hemlock: oil
Spring: watercolor
Boats: oil
Boat Yard: oil
Tide Water and Landscape: watercolor
Three Tree Trunks: oil
Yellow Wood: oil
Snow Panorama: oil
Housatonic Landscape: oil
Bridgeport, Connecticut: watercolor
Housatonic Shore: oil
Lighted Still Life: oil
Wellspring: watercolor
Fire in the Snow: oil
Frog and the Dragon Fly: oil
Stamford Harbor: oil
Stamford Factory: oil
Sunbursts (Choppy Weather): oil
Easton Farm: watercolor
River Cove: watercolor
Maple Trees: watercolor
Bathing Pool: oil
Red Barn: watercolor
Marine Basin: oil
Early Morning Harbor: oil
Old House: oil
Housatonic Bride: watercolor
Stratford House: watercolor
Housatonic Landscape: watercolor
Hickory Tree: oil
Still Life Zinnias: oil
Small Stream: oil
Camp Fire: oil
Parkway Pastoral: oil
Birds on the Wires: watercolor
The Brook and the Road: watercolor
Fork in the Road: watercolor
The New Road: watercolor
Panorama, West Redding: oil
Panorama, Formal: oil
Windmill: oil
River Bathers: oil
House by the Lake: oil
Bates Barn: watercolor
Still Life: oil
Water Under the Bridge: oil
Melting: watercolor
Early Morning Harbor: oil
Still Life- Red & Orange: watercolor
Topping Crossing: watercolor
Stonewall and Tree: watercolor
Boats: watercolor
Snow Sketch: watercolor
Water Patterns: watercolor
Blakeman’s Barn: watercolor
Kitten in the Snow: watercolor
New Snow: watercolor
Little Red House: Block Print
Little Red House: Block Print
River Front House: watercolor
Fall Fog: watercolor
Pig Pen: watercolor
Skiers: watercolor
Heavy Snow: oil
Ice Floes: oil
Over the Falls: watercolor
Butterfly Pool: watercolor
Sawmill: watercolor
Devil’s Den: watercolor
From the Kitchen Window: watercolor
Practice Slope: oil
Bridgeport Parking Lot: oil
Spring Fields: oil
Oyster Boat: oil
Swimmers: watercolor
Ski Trail: oil
Ski Trail: oil
Earle, George Frederic