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Pruett Carter; American illustrator who taught at the Grand Central Art School and Chouinard Art Institute. Illustrated national magazines and was art director for Atlanta Journal and Good Housekeeping. Inducted into Society of Illustrator's Hall of Fame in 1988.
Born in Missouri. Grew up in Wyoming on an Indian Reservation. Graduated from LA High School. Then studied art in LA at the Art Students' League. Then studied in New York under Robert Henri. His and Rex Slinkard's works where exhibited at the League in 1910. A critic for the LA Times wrote, "For the present, instructors of the ASL of LA are pupils of Robert Henri of NY - and you know what that means! You know, at once, that they are strictly up-to-date in their artistic ideas, that they are the most modern of the moderns, and that they are smashing academic traditions with every vigorous stroke of charcoal stick or paintbrush."
Carter taught illustration at the Grand Central Art School with NC Wyeth and Harvey Dunn. His students included Lawrence Nelson Wilbur and Perle Fine. Also taught in LA at Chouinard Art Institute, and was head of the Illustration department.
His illustrations appeared in Life, Good Housekeeping, Mc Calls.... Initially, Carter made Impressionist works, like those of Walter Biggs. He stated, "The illustrator's first function is a problem of composition, of pattern, of design - including the rich contrast of the illustration itself with the type matter and headlines of the story...
...About Dec. 1, 1955, Carter killed his son, a writer handicapped from birth, and wife while they were sleeping and then killed himself. Carter, who had been emotionally upset about selling the family house and an upcoming move to Carolltown, Georgia, was found in his son's bedroom with a .45 revolver.
As art director for Good Housekeeping, gave himself his first illustration assigment. (http://www.americanartarchives.com/carter,pruett.htm)