Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, George Raab (1866-1943) was the son of German immigrant parents. Raab began studies under Richard Lorenz, director of the Wisconsin School of Design. Raab also studied in Germany in the 1890s at the Weimar Art School.
After returning to Wisconsin in 1899, Raab became one of the founding members of the Society of Milwaukee Artists (1900). The group held exhibitions in the Milwaukee Public Library starting in 1901. Raab taught at the Milwaukee Art Students League and at the Wisconsin School of Art, and was named curator of the Layton Art Gallery in 1902. Later, he became director of the Art Institute and Art School in Springfield, Illinois but soon left to direct the Decatur (Illinois) Art Institute. Raab gave lectures on art history in the 1920s and later he became director of the School of Fine Arts at Millikin University, also in Decatur. He returned to Milwaukee in 1937. Besides painting, Raab executed outstanding block prints and sculptural reliefs. In the 1930s, Raab reflected Wisconsin regionalism. A versatile artist, Raab was influential in Wisconsin and the Midwest. He died in Milwaukee in 1943.
All works of art in the George Raab exhibit are for sale and come with frames not seen in these images.