George Raab

Year inducted: 2009
1866-1943

George Raab was accomplished in both two and three-dimensional media, working in the styles of Academic Realism, Impressionism, Pointillism, and Art Nouveau. His linoleum and wood block prints are typically geometrically abstract studies that simplified architectural and mechanical elements into basic shapes. Born in Sheboygan in 1866, George began his art studies around 1890 in Milwaukee under Richard Lorenz and Robert Schade. From 1891-1896 he studied abroad but by 1900 he was back in Milwaukee exhibiting alongside such artists as Alexander Mueller and Louis Mayer. Together, these three who would be instrumental in forming the Society of Milwaukee Artists, which would later be known as Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, and is now known as Wisconsin Visual Artists. George held several prominent positions in Milwaukee: teacher at the Milwaukee Art Students League and the State Normal School, curator of the Layton Art Gallery, member of the Milwaukee Art Commission and Milwaukee Art Association. After moving to Illinois for a short period in the 1930s, he returned to Milwaukee in 1937 to open a studio on Holton Street. He passed away in 1943.

Works by George Raab