View of the Skokie

Frank Charles Peyraud (Swiss/American 1858-1948)

View of the Skokie, 1931

Oil on canvas mounted on wall

74 x 102 in.

Frank Peyraud was born in Bulle, Switzerland.  In 1881, he immigrated to Chicago, and lived in the Ravinia area of Highland Park from 1919 until his death in 1948.  He was a student of the Art Institute of Chicago and the renowned École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.  Peyraud earned a lasting reputation for rural landscapes, especially snow scenes in broadly defined forms and glowing colors.  He was one of the first American painters to focus on Midwestern landscape and received numerous awards from the Art Institute of Chicago.  Peyraud was known to many as the “dean of Chicago landscape artists” and the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences titled their 1985 catalogue of his work as such.  Peyraud died just before his ninetieth birthday.

This work was commissioned for the new library building and installed in August 1931.  The Skokie was a marshland located west of Highland Park.