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 Marion Boyd Allen  (1862 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/California      Known for: landscape, portrait and figure-Indian painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Marion Allen was a prolific New England painter of portraits and landscapes, but did not begin landscape painting until later in her career. She was a pupil of Edmund Tarbell and Frank Weston Benson at the School of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

In 1925, at the age of sixty-three, she left her Boston studio to make the first of many trips West including California Washington and Oregon, and it was in these places that she added landscape painting to her subject matter. She scaled mountains, lived in isolated cabins, and experienced numerous hardships and daredevil adventures to capture special vantage points in her landscapes.

Spending ten summers in Arizona ending in 1936, she painted the Grand Canyon and other scenery, but her reputation in the West remains primarily with portraits she did of members of the Indian tribes.

A writer of an article in a 1934 issue of "The Art Digest" wrote of Boyd when she was first taking those Western trips that she "does not hesitate to ride miles over rough trails and to live in isolated cabins to get material for painting."

She has exhibited widely including at the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Cincinnati Art Museum and Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. She has had one-person shows at the Copley Gallery, Boston Art Club, and Vose Gallery in Boston, and Argent Galleries in New York.

Source: "Women Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick

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Born in Boston, MA on Oct. 23, 1862. Allen turned to painting in 1902 and studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1925 she made her first sketching trip to the Pacific Northwest and California. Primarily a portraitist, her landscapes include scenes of Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, and other western scenery. She died in Boston on Dec. 28, 1941. Exh: Boston Art Club, 1936. In: Arlington (MA) Public Library; Harvard Club (Boston); Mariners Museum (Newport News, VA).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1913-33; Art Digest, 2-1-1934; Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Women Artists of the American West.
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