Maxine Albro Biography

Maxine Albro

American

1893-1966

Biography

Maxine Albro was born in Iowa, and studied at the California School of Fine Arts. During the 1920s she studied in Paris at the Ecloe de la Grande Chaumière.

Upon returning to San Francisco, she then attended the CSFA during 1923-25. In the 1930s she worked for the Federal Public Works of Art Project. On one of her many trips to Mexico she studied mural painting with Diego Rivera. After marrying sculptor Parker Hall in 1938, they settled in Carmel on the Monterey Peninsula. Although she specialized in Spanish and Mexican motifs, her work also includes landscapes and street scenes gleaned from her world travels. She died in Los Angeles on July 19, 1966.

Some of her work figured in a controversy apart from that at Coit Tower: four “portly Roman sybils” that she executed at the Ebell Women's Club in Los Angeles offended some of its members; they rescinded approval of her frescoes which, though intended to last “as long as the concrete of the wall lasted,” were destroyed in 1935. Also destroyed was her mosaic of animals over the entrance to Anderson Hall at the University of California Extension in San Francisco. She created fresco decorations for many private homes, including that of Col. Harold Mack in Monterey. Her easel art was popular in local and national museums.