Owen J. Gromme (1896-1991)
Rising Black Ducks, 1962
signed and dated "O.J. Gromme 62" lower left
oil on canvas, 18 by 24 in.
Owen Gromme was born in Wisconsin in 1896 and spent much of his childhood hunting in the wetlands and forests near his home. Gromme made his career as the curator of birds and mammals at the Milwaukee Public Museum, staying in this position for over four decades. In this capacity, he traveled across the United States and to Africa documenting the wildlife he encountered. Although he was a high school dropout, by the time of his death in 1991 Owen Gromme had received five honorary doctorates. He also wrote and illustrated "Birds of Wisconsin." Known for his conservation ethos, Gromme's paintings reflect his love of the outdoors.
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