Still Life with Books
Oil on Canvas
18 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches
The illustrator, decorative artist, designer of stained glass, calligrapher, and portrait painter Annette Cremin Byrne (born ca. 1900?) was already producing graphic art in the early 1920s. She studied painting at the Art Students League (1937-39) when the instructors were William C. Palmer, Jon Corbino, James Michael Newell, and Edmund Yaghjian; later she took instruction from the superb draftsman and figure painter Robert Brackman in Mystic, Connecticut (1953-60).
Byrne taught privately and at the Art Institute of Chicago, in addition to working as a commercial artist for advertising firms and illustrating children's books. In addition, she designed liturgical objects and painted a mural for the Church of St. John the Baptist in Chicago. Byrne established a studio residence on Ridge Avenue in Evanston, Illinois where she lived with her architect-husband Barry Byrne. The multi-talented Byrne exhibited her work at the Directors Art Club in New York, at Chicago's Union League, at the Evanston Women's Club, and at the Illinois State Fair; in addition, she had several one-woman shows in Evanston.