Pye, Annie R.
(1895-1985)
“Princess Chrysanthemum”

watercolor and gouache on artist board, 27.5” x 21.5”, signed and dated 1920 lower right
Provenance: Art by American Women,
The Louise and Alan Sellers Collection Marietta, GA.
Exhibitions: Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
Sept 20-Dec 20, 1997
Brenau College, Gainesville, GA,
Apr. 20-Jun. 15, 1991 and Apr. 2-May, 1992,
Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie, GA,
Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA,
Kennesaw State College, Marietta, GA.

Artist Biography

Born/lived: Woodland, Georgia

Known: for easel painting floral landscapes, wildflowers and floral still lifes and floral motifs in watercolor and gouache. Annie Pye was married to Wilbur Kurtz from 1949 until his death in 1967.

Studied: Elizabeth Mather College, where she was a student of Wilbur Kurtz and
Lewis Gregg. She became involved in several of Kurtz’s projects and prepared canvases for him. She was a family friend before they married.

Exhibited: “Paintings by American Women, Selections from the Collection of Louise and Alan Sellars”, Marietta, GA, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art from the Sept 20-Dec. 20, 1997. This collection was also exhibited at Brenau College, Gainesville, GA, Apr. 20-Jun. 15, 1991 and Apr. 2-May, 1992, Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie, GA, Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, and Kennesaw State College, Marietta, GA.

Publications: “Atlanta and the Old South, Paintings and Drawings by Wilbur G. Kurtz, Artist and Historian”, introduction by Annie Pye Kurtz, published in 1969 by American Lithograph Co. Atlanta, Georgia 30313

Comments: Annie Rachel Pye married Wilbur Kurtz in 1949. Wilbur Kurtz (1882-1967) Wilbur Kurtz was a Georgia artist, historian, illustrator and writer born in Oakland, IL. He became a foremost authority on Old South Atlanta. He studied at DePauw University, Art Institute of Chicago, and with George Wilmer Browne. He lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he contributed articles and illustrations to Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta Journal. He founded the Pen and Brush Club of Atlanta and cofounder of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. Kurtz was an honorary member of Atlanta Historical Society, a member of the Atlanta Symposium, and Atlanta Artists Association. His work is at Georgia’s Executive Center; the Woodrow Wilson Shrine at Staunton, VA; five murals in the National Bank of Abbeville, SC; a large proscenium arch decoration-in collaboration with Don Dubois-for the Macon, GA City Auditorium; six large murals for the Georgia exhibit at A Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago; a series of paintings of buildings which housed the Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta; the Coca-Cola Bottling Companies in Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA; Atlanta Women’s Club, Clark Howell School; Federal Reserve Bank; Atlanta Historical Society; Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; governors Mansion(mural), First Federal Savings and Loan, Piedmont Driving Club, advisor for the restoration of the Cyclorama, the Battle of Atlanta, at Grant Park. He was the artistic adviser and historian for “Gone with the Wind” (1939), hand selected by Margaret Mitchell; “Song of the South” (1946); and “The Great Locomotive Chase” (1957).

Painting Features

Artist First Name Annie R.
Artist Last Name Pye
Artist's Dates “Princess Chrysanthemum”
Materials watercolor and gouache on artist board
Markings signed and dated 1920 lower right
Size 27.5” x 21.5”
Price contact gallery
Comments Painting is nicely matted, framed, under glass and in excellent condition.