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George Charles Aid
(Qyincy, Illinois, 1872 - 1938, Tryon, North Carolina)
George Charles Aid was born in the small town of Quincy, Illinois. He spent much of his youth in Quincy, along the Mississippi River. In his early teens, his family moved to St. Louis. There he attended the School of Fine Art. After graduating, Aid was hired as the staff artist for the St. Louis newspapers. In 1899, Aid left to study in Paris at the Acadmie Julian, with his mentor and confidant Benjamin Jean-Joseph Constant.
He spent the next 15 years of his life in Paris. While learning French technique and traditions, Aid met and married his wife Mary Orr. They spent much of their married life living in the countryside of the Italian Rivera. Aid was very much influenced by the landscape around him, creating etchings and oil paintings of the sprawling nature and quaint villages.
At the start of WWI, the Aids were forced to return home to America. Aid spent the rest of his life in South Carolina. Still inspired by his surroundings, much of Aids later work was oil paintings and etchings of landscapes and portraits of those in his life.