Born December 20, 1864, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Died January 14, 1940, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Following his years of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Fred Wagner went to San Antonio to paint portraits in 1886. He also traveled to Los Angeles to do portraiture. He returned to Philadelphia in 1902, joining the art staff of the old Philadelphia Press, and during the 1920s teaching summer school for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at his own school. He was one of the early impressionist painters of the area, devoting much of his work to the landscapes of Bucks County and Chester County. Wagner won considerable renoun for his "Pennsylvania Railroad Pictures" including the "Broad Street Station" (at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) and "30th Street Station". In addition to oils Wagner painted smaller watercolors and pastels, many of them being sketches for larger oils. These were described as reflecting a "dainty and poetic feeling...capturing nature unawares...in her more elusive moods."
Image: Fred Wagner, photograph courtesy of Marguerite Brendlinger Robinson of Cary, North Carolina