Marguerite Louis Blasingame

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Marguerite Louis Blasingame
Born Marguerite Louis
1906
Honolulu, Hawaii
Died 1947
Mexico
Nationality American
Education University of Hawaii, Stanford University
Known for Sculpture, Murals
Movement Art Deco
Spouse(s) Frank Blasingame[1]
Stone bas-relief of fallen male nude by Marguerite Louis Blasingame

Marguerite Louis Blasingame (1906–1947) was an American sculptor and painter. She was born Marguerite Louis in Honolulu in 1906. She graduated from the University of Hawaii and then went on to earn an M. A. in art from Stanford University in 1928. Marguerite returned to Hawaii, where she became an established sculptor of figural works, many of them bas-reliefs in wood and stone. Her depictions were usually sinuous in contour with simplified anatomy. During the Great Depression she was a Works Progress Administration artist and filled many commissions for architectural panels.[2][3]

Blasingame also painted in a symbolist style. She founded the Hawaiian Mural Arts Guild in 1934, along with Isami Doi, Madge Tennent, and others[4]. She authored A Course in Art Appreciation for the Adult Layman, which was published by Stanford University Press. Marguerite Louis Blasingame died in 1947 while traveling in Mexico.

One of her wooden sculptures is installed in the John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Other sculptures in public places includes an untitled 1935 marble sculpture in Ala Moana Park, Honolulu, Hawaii and Hawaiian Decagonal Fountain (1934–1935) at Kawananakoa School, Honolulu, Hawaii.[5]

References

  • Forbes, David W., "Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941", Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992, p. 213
  • Papanikolas, Theresa and DeSoto Brown, Art Deco Hawai'i, Honolulu, Honolulu Museum of Art, 2014, ISBN 978-0-937426-89-0, pp. 60–64
  • Radford, Georgia and Warren Radford, "Sculpture in the Sun, Hawaii's Art for Open Spaces", University of Hawaii Press, 1978, pp. 91–92
  • Sandulli, Justin M., Troubled Paradise: Madge Tennent at a Hawaiian Crossroads, Durham, NC: Duke University, 2016

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Marguerite or Frank Blasingame Biography". Frazer Fine Art. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Marguerite Louis Blasingame in AslArt.com
  3. ^ Forbes, David W., "Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941", Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992, p. 213
  4. ^ "Marguerite Louis Blasingame (1906 - 1947)". askART. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Radford, Georgia and Warren Radford, "Sculpture in the Sun, Hawaii's Art for Open Spaces", University of Hawaii Press, 1978, pp. 91-92
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