Robert Merrell Gage

     13th CAC President

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Robert Merrell Gage
(1892 – 1981)

Painter, sculptor, lithographer. Born in
Topeka, KS on December 26, 1892. Gage worked on ranches in the midwest
before settling on an art career. Initially, he studied in New York
City at the Art Student’s League, the Robert Henri School, and the Beaux
Arts Institute for Design. He was apprenticed to Gutzon Borglum from
1914-16 and again during 1921-23 when he assisted in the designs for
the Stone Mountain Georgia project. After serving in the medical corps
in WWI, Gage taught sculpture at Washburn College (Topeka) and the Kansas
City Art Institute before moving to Los Angeles in 1923. He and his
family lived in a shack on Huntington Palisades before settling into
a home in Santa Monica Canyon. Gage exhibited locally, fulfilled many
sculpture commissions, and taught at Chouinard Art School (1928-30)
and at USC (1925-58). He died in Laguna Beach, CA on October 30, 1981.

~ Edan Milton Hughes, Artists in California
1786 – 1940

California Art Club (President, 1932-1933)
Laguna Beach Art Association
Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles

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