Karl Eugene Fortess Biography

Karl Eugene Fortess




Karl E. Fortess, painter, printmaker and teacher, was born in Antwerp, Belgium on October 13, 1907, and became an American citizen in 1923. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League in New York, and the Woodstock School of Painting with Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

Fortess taught at the Art Students League, Brooklyn Museum Art School, Louisiana State University, Fort Wright College, and Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts. He was a member of the Artists Equity Association, Society of American Graphic Artists, American Association of University Professors, and the British Film Institute. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1946, was named an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1960 and elected to full Academician in 1971.

Fortess' work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Woodstock Artists Association, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Carnegie Institute; and is represented in the collections of the Butler Institute of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Syracuse University Art Collection; the Wichita Art  Museum; and the Woodstock Art Association and Museum.

Karl Eugene Fortess died in Woodstock, New York on July 8, 1993.