Colorado & Regional Art

Chair Mountain, Colorado

Chair Mountain, Colorado

Year 1948

Artist (Charles) Waldo Love (1881–1967, American)

Media oil on canvas

Dimensions 43 1/4 x 29 1/8 inches

Born in Washington D.C. in 1881, Waldo Love moved to Denver with his family in 1893. In 1900 he began studying with Henry Read at his Students School of Art in Denver and under Read’s tutelage won a scholarship two years later to the Art Students League of New York. After studies in Paris he began a career as a commercial artist and illustrator, splitting time between New York, Denver and Chicago. He settled in Denver in 1927 and the next year became one of the 52 charter members of the Denver Artists Guild and later served as its president from 1937 to 1939. As the Great Depression dried up commercial work he found employment with the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado) painting portraits of trappers, traders and Denver’s important citizens. Love exhibited his landscape paintings widely during the 1930s–1950s and became a staff artist at the Denver Museum of Natural History (now Denver Museum of Nature and Science) from 1936 to 1954 where he created many of the wildlife habitat backgrounds still seen by visitors today.

ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3

Signature Signed "C.W. Love 1948" lower right

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Gift of the Denver Art Museum

Accession Number 2017.72.001