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James E. Allen was born in Louisiana, Missouri, in 1894. In 1911 he left home to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, and he then traveled to New York City where he studied at the Art Students League and Grand Central School of Art. In the 1940's he studied with Hans Hoffman and at the League he studied printmaking with Joseph Pennell and William Auerbach-Levy. Like many artists of the period, Allen established himself as a commercial artist. During WWI he volunteered in the Air Corps. In 1925 he moved to Paris to continue his study of art. While there, he met and shared a studio with fellow American artist, Howard Cook. During the 1930's he received critical acclaim, winning numerous awards.
In 1937 he was commissioned to produce twelve lithographs for the United States Pipe and Foundry Company.VISIT THE COLLECTION share forward to a friend VISIT THE COLLECTION share forward to a friend