National Museum of Women in the Arts
Dulah Marie Krehbiel
February 17 1875 - July 24 1951
Photograph of Dulah Marie Krehbiel, 1906, unknown photographer, courtesy of Jane Meyer Fine Art, Elburn, IL, USA , and the Krehbiel Estate
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
DOO-lah mah-REE KREH-bee-ehl
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting, Photography
Artistic Role(s):
Etcher, Illustrator, Lithographer, Painter, Photographer, Printmaker
Artist's Biography:
Dulah Marie Krehbiel was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1875. Although she was raised in a pioneer town, her father, an accomplished architect from Wales, made certain that his children received a good education. Krehbiel graduated from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and continued her studies at The Art Students League of New York. She set up a studio at the Tree Studios Building in Chicago where many prominent Chicago artists held their studios. The early 1900s was the Golden Age of Illustration, and Krehbiel enjoyed great success as an illustrator and received commissions for magazine covers and advertisements. Some of her commissions required travel to the Southwest, and Krehbiel took photographs of missions and Native Americans in New Mexico which she later used for prints and paintings.

In 1906 Krehbiel married fellow Art Institute of Chicago graduate Albert Krehbiel. The couple enjoyed sharing a studio and often painted similar subjects. In 1907 Albert was commissioned to paint eleven wall and two ceiling murals for the Illinois Supreme Court Building. Krehbiel worked as his assistant, modeling and researching costume and objects to be represented. In 1910 Krehbiel and her husband moved to Park Ridge, Illinois where they became members of the Park Ridge Art Colony, a group of artists concerned with the encouragement of art and culture. Krehbiel set up the Ridge Crafts Studio and with the help of her assistants, the Ridge Craft Girls, designed a series of hand painted cards and folders printed with her designs. In 1914 Krehbiel gave birth to her only child, Evans Llan Krehbiel, whom she frequently painted.

During the 1920s, Krehbiel traveled to California where she began painting figures in imaginative, almost surreal landscapes. These paintings mark her shift to a more Modernist style. Krehbiel began exhibiting these works during the 1920s and continued exhibiting steadily at the Arts Club of Chicago through the 1940s. In 1930, interested in seriously pursuing a career as a Modern artist, Krehbiel left for New York. Her stay was ended shortly after a tornado devastated some of her father’s buildings in Iowa and she left New York to help her family with repairs. In 1932 she returned to Park Ridge where she continued painting. By the end of her life, Krehbiel had become known as The Park Ridge Modernist. She died in Evanston, Illinois in 1951.

Place(s) of Residence:
Park Ridge
Place(s) of Activity:
Santa Monica
Where Trained/Schools:
School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (1896-1900, 1902-1904) The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY, USA (1900)
Related Visual Artists:
wife of and collaborated with Albert Krehbiel friend of Julia Bracken
Earliest exhibition:
Annual Exhibition of Watercolors by American Artists, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (1908)
Artist retrospective(s):
Capturing Sunlight, Art of the Tree Studios, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, USA (1999) Dulah Evans: A Nineteenth-Century Modernist, Sonnenschein Gallery, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, USA (1996)
Related places
Evanston (died at)