Elizabeth Lobingier developed her unique style of merging strong color with cubist compositional devices, while also retaining the physical elements of the subject she was painting. For instance, her canvas In Gloucester Harbor is rendered using interwoven angles and curves, revealing the influence of Cubism, yet she never forsakes the tangibility of the vessels’ nets and hulls, even writing the name of the well-known fishing schooner Sadie M. Nunan on one of the ships’ bows. Adept with both oil and watercolor painting, as well as brush drawing, Lobingier garnered praise for “[striking] a balance between the abstract and the representational.”
 “More Festival Honors,” Winchester Star, June 1962
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An influential teacher, writer, and a strong advocate of modern art, Elizabeth M. Lobingier was one of few women who dared to dissolve the barriers of tradition as well as gender. Although she studied under such conservative figures as Carl Nordstrom, Hugh Breckenridge, and Aldro T. Hibbard in Gloucester, her later works exhibited a bold abstraction greatly influenced by the Cubists.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Georgia, Elizabeth Miller demonstrated a proclivity for art early on and was encouraged in this pursuit by her mother, who shared her love of painting and writing. In her late teens, Elizabeth taught at the Georgia State Normal School before moving to Chicago in 1910, where she was invited to teach at the Elementary School of the School of Education at the University of Chicago. One of her earliest instructors was Walter Sargent, with whom she co-wrote How Children Learn to Draw in Chicago and whose impressionist style likely had an effect on Lobingier’s initial canvases.
After moving to Massachusetts in 1926, Elizabeth and her husband began spending their summers at Cape Ann, where she embraced the opportunity to study under such notables as Aldro T. Hibbard, Carl Nordstrom, and Hugh Breckenridge. All three artists hailed from traditional, academic backgrounds yet approached their subjects in different ways by the time Elizabeth came under their tutelage. A uniting factor, however, were the artists’ embrace of color and bold brushwork, and these qualities certainly influenced Lobingier’s trajectory as an artist.
Lobingier was a member of the Boston Art Club, the Copley Society, the Rockport Art Association, the North Shore Arts Association, and the Marblehead Art Association, and held solo exhibitions at several of these venues. She also exhibited at Oberlin College, Tufts University, at the Association of Georgia Artists from 1935 to 1946 and the Southern States Art League from 1937 to 1946, at the High Museum in Atlanta, and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout her career, Lobingier was the recipient of dozens of awards, and today her work can be found in the collections of the Mint Museum of Art, the Winchester Public Library, and the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.
Estate of a private collector, New York, New York
With collection, Indianapolis, Indiana, by 2022
(twice on stretchers, in pencil) Lobingier
1). Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts / Artist: Elizabeth M. Lobingier / Title: In Gloucester Harbor / Price: 350.00 Medium: oil
2). (stamp on stretchers) Hatfield’s Color Shop, Inc. / 161-163 Dartmouth Street / Boston 16, Mass