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Karl Schmidt (1890-1962)

Karl Schmidt (1890-1962)

Born in Worcester, MA on Jan. 11, 1890.  Schmidt began drawing and painting when quite young.  After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in his native city, he traveled to England where he studied art and painted seascapes of Cornwall and coast of Brittany. 

He was a resident of Boston and Worcester until 1915 when he moved to Santa Barbara, CA where he was associated with the Harmer Studio. 

In 1918 he joined the Navy and served in the Bureau of Aeronautics. He later pioneered construction of lighter-than-air craft and rose to the rank of commander. 

While in the Navy he exhibited in several cities throughout the U.S. Schmidt died in Los Gatos, CA on Sept. 26, 1962. 

Member: Salmagundi Club. 

Worcester Museum, 1911 (solo); PPIE, 1915; LACMA, 1917 (solo); AIC; Cincinnati Museum; NAD. Ben; AAA 1913-33; WWAA 1936-41; SCA.