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 Nan Faure Greacen  (1908 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: New York/Florida / France      Known for: impressionist painting, book illustration

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BIOGRAPHY for Nan Greacen
1908 (Giverny, France)
1999 (Vicars Landing, Florida)

New York/Florida / France

Painted by Edmund Greacen

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impressionist painting, book illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Giverny, France where her father Edmund Greacen was an impressionist painter actively following Claude Monet, Nan Greacen became a noted oil painter and watercolorist.  She began earning awards from 1936, when she received the Hallgarten Prize at the National Academy of Design.  In the following years, her award medals were from the National Arts Club, Montclair Art Museum, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, Hudson Valley Art Association and Grumbacher Society.

She graduated from the Brearley School in New York City and then studied for four years at the Grand Central Art School, which her father had established in 1921.  Her instructors were Wayman Adams, Arshile Gorky, Jerry Farnsworth and her father. She taught drawing and still life at the school from 1931 to 1942, and from 1942 to 1968, gave private classes at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where she had moved with her husband, Rene Bard Faure.

She also wrote and illustrated two books on painting technique: Still Life is Exciting [1965] and The Magic of Flower Painting [1971].

She died on November 15, 1999 at Vicars Landing, Florida.

Her one-woman exhibitions include Grand Central Art Gallery, 1967; Daytona Beach Art Gallery, 1969; and Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, 1972-1974.

She was a member of The National Academy of Design, Audubon Artists, Allied Artists of America, Hudson Valley Art Association, Florida Water Color Society and Jacksonville Water Color Society.

Paul Sternberg Sr., Art by American Women

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The following, submitted April 2004, is from Renee Faure, daughter of the artist.

Nan Greacen was born in 1908 in Giverny, France while her father, Edmund W. Greacen was living and painting there as one of the American Impressionists who congregated around Claude Monet.  She studied and taught in her father's school, The Grand Central School of Art, until it closed in 1942 due to his ill health.

In 1940, she became the youngest woman to be elected an Associate to the National Academy in 1940.  She became a full Academician, NA, in 1962.

She moved to Scarsdale, New York in 1945 with her husband, Rene Bard Faure, and two children, Nancy and Renee.  Here she continued her successful painting and teaching career until 1969 when she and her husband retired to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

It was during this time in Ponte Vedra that she published two instructional books with Walter Foster, Still Life Is Exciting and The Magic of Flower Painting.

She continued to paint and teach until her death in 1999.

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