Theodore Haupt
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BFA in Fine Arts Studio
1923
Modernist Painter and Graphic Designer
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Theodore Haupt was born in St. Paul in 1902. He was an American Modernist painter that used elements from the Cubist and Surrealist movements and is well known for his New Yorker magazine covers. His gifts for drawing and painting were apparent at an early age and, despite the hesitance from his family, he continued to pursue art. At age twenty-one, his paintings received high praise in a large exhibition mounted by the Beard Gallery in Minneapolis. This inspired Haupt to attend the Minneapolis School of Art (now MCAD), where he studied under Anthony Angarola. In 1923, he received a scholarship to study at Académie Julian in Paris. He remained in Europe for two years and studied with André L’Hote in Paris, Vienna, and Gratz.

Haupt moved to Manhatten in 1927, supporting his studio art through graphic design assignments for the New Yorker, Charm, and Vanity Fair for five years. His debut cover for the New Yorker was produced almost immediately and he created forty-five covers for the magazine during his stay in New York.

In the 1930s, his paintings were displayed in several New York art galleries, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He also created a mural for the Central Park Zoo, which was unfortunately later destroyed during a restoration of the zoo.

In 1942, Haupt married school teacher Miriam Diehl. Her steady income allowed him to focus more on his fine art. During this time, he worked his way through abstract, color-drenched, non-representational painting styles and created a series of surrealist-inspired paintings.

When his wife passed in the 1960s, Haupt briefly moved to Hawaii with his children and later resettled in New York in the Westbeth's Artist Community in Greenwich Village. Haupt passed away in Indianapolis on June 13, 1990, at the age of 87.