Kathryn Woodman Leighton

1875-1952

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BORN IN

Plainfield, New Hampshire

KNOWN FOR

Indian portrait, western landscape painting

Born in Plainfield, New Hampshire, Kathryn Leighton became a celebrated Indian portrait and landscape painter, especially big-screen scenes of glaciers, which resulted from trips to Glacier National Park beginning 1923. An exhibition reviewer for the¬†Los Angeles Evening Herald,¬†February 27, 1926 wrote: “The first to bring to galleries here the strange, wild charm of Glacier National park for an entire exhibit, Leighton has a masculine sweep and strength to her brush, and few men painters can outdo the virility of her sunbathed peaks and wind-winnowed snowfields.” (Trenton 58)

She attended Kimball Union Academy near Plainfield and graduated in 1900 from the Massachusetts Normal Art School.