Theodore B. Modra
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THEODORE B. MODRA (1873-1930) was born in Warsaw, Poland on May 13, 1873. He studied art in Paris at Académie Colarossi and in Munich with H. Grober. After immigrating to New York City in 1887, he had further training with Robert Henri. He was active on the East Coast until early 1915 when he settled in southern California. Modra was art director of the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona (1921-30) and organized exhibitions for the Pacific Southwest Exposition of 1928. He lived in Long Beach, Pomona, and Los Angeles until his death in the latter on October 28, 1930. Member: California Watercolor Society; National Arts Club; California Art Club; Society of Independent Artists; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n; Artland Club. Exhibited: San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1916-24; Daniell Gallery (Los Angeles), 1917; Kanst Gallery (Los Angeles), 1918; California Watercolor Society, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1927; Pasadena Art Institute, 1928; California Statewide (Santa Cruz), 1930; Ebell Club, 1930 (memorial). Biography generously provided courtesy of EDAN HUGHES.