Marion Boyd Allen

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Marion Boyd Allen
Born October 23, 1862
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died December 28, 1941
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Spouse(s) William Augustus Allen
Portrait of a Woman in a Pink Dress, 1916

Marion Boyd Allen (23 October 1862–28 December 1941) was an American painter, known for her portraits and landscapes.

Family and Early Life

Allen was born in Boston in 1862 to Stillman Boyd Allen, an attorney and state legislator, and Harriet Smith Allen, née Seaward.[1] [2] She was sister to Willis Boyd Allen.[3] She married her father's cousin, William Augustus Allen, in 1905.[4]

Education and Career

Encouraged by landscape artist Charles H. Davis, Allen entered the Boston Museum School in 1896[5] at the age of 36, where she studied under Frank Weston Benson, Edmund C. Tarbell and Philip Hale; she received her diploma in 1909.[6]

After graduation, Allen gained particular recognition for her portraits. She exhibited in group shows at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris; National Arts Club, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Cincinnati Art Museum, among others. She also had one-woman exhibitions at the Copley Society Gallery in 1910 and 1912, Ferargil Galleries in New York in 1928, Bose Galleries in Boston in 1929 and 1930, Argent Galleries in New York in 1931, 1932 and 1934, and the Boston Art Club in 1936.[7] Her painting Enameling was included in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, and her portrait of Anna Vaughn Hyatt won the Newport Art Association's popular prize in 1919. From 1925 to 1936, she traveled to the American West and Canadian Rockies, sketching and painting landscapes, including national landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier. She climbed mountains and at times lived in isolated cabins to reach vantage points to paint her subjects. She also spent time in Arizona, driving up to one thousand miles across the desert and scaling long ladders to reach Native American ruins.[8] She continued to exhibit her work and win awards, like the New Haven Paint and Clay Club prize,[9] and the Hudson prize from the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts,[10] at a time when landscape painting was almost exclusively a male-dominated field.[11]

Legacy

Allen's 1915 portrait of Anna Vaughan Hyatt was included in the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, American Women Artists 1830–1930, in 1987.[12]

References

  1. ^ Kovinick, Phil; Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian (1998). An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 7. 
  2. ^ Art and Progress. American Federation of Arts. 1915-01-01. 
  3. ^ Bacon, Edwin Monroe (1892-01-01). Boston of To-day: A Glance at Its History and Characteristics. With Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Many of Its Professional and Business Men. Post Publishing Company. 
  4. ^ Kovinick, Phil; Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian (1998). An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 7. 
  5. ^ 1896-97 Annual Report of the Permanent Committee in Charge of the School By Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School
  6. ^ 1909 Annual Report of the Permanent Committee in Charge of the School By Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School
  7. ^ Kovinick, Phil; Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian (1998). An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 8. 
  8. ^ Kovinick, Phil; Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian (1998). An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 7. 
  9. ^ Heller, Jules; Heller, Nancy G. (2013-12-19). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 9781135638825. 
  10. ^ Boston, Museum of Fine Arts (1921-01-01). Annual Report of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Museum of Fine Arts. 
  11. ^ Heller, Jules (1997). North American Woman Artists of the Twentieth Century. London: Routledge. p. 18. ISBN 0815325843. 
  12. ^ Eleanor Tufts; National Museum of Women in the Arts (U.S.); International Exhibitions Foundation (1987). American women artists, 1830–1930. International Exhibitions Foundation for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. ISBN 978-0-940979-01-7. 
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