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 Mary Foote  (1872 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: portrait, Indians and pueblos painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Mary Foote
1872 (Guilford, Connecticut)
1968 (West Hartford, Connecticut)

New York/Connecticut

Self portrait - Artist self-portrait
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portrait, Indians and pueblos painting

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New York Armory Show of 1913
San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915
Taos Pre 1940
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Born in Guilford, Connecticut, Mary Foote was raised in Hartford, where her family lived near and were good friends of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his wife. She studied at Yale University, and won the Winchester Prize that allowed her to study in Paris. There she shared a studio with the Emmet sisters and socialized with Henry James, John Singer Sargent, and Augustus St. Gaudens.

From 1898 to 1901, she had an affair with sculptor Frederick MacMonnies and then returned to New York where she opened a portrait studio. She along with Cecilia Beaux and her friend Ellen Emmet were considered the leading female portraitists of the day.

She was also a close friend of Mabel Dodge and spent summers with her in Italy where she studied with John Singer Sargent, and in Taos, New Mexico, first going there in 1917.

In 1928, unable to cope psychologically with her affair with MacMonnies, she stopped painting and took therapy from Carl Jung in Zurich, Switzerland. Ultimately she transcribed and edited many of his papers, now in the Jungian Collection at Yale University.

In 1958, she returned to Connecticut where she lived until her death ten years later.

Source: "Who Was Who in American Art", Peter Falk.

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