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 Marguerite Stuber Pearson  (1898 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: still life, portrait, genre, interiors

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BIOGRAPHY for Marguerite Stuber Pearson
1898 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1978 (Rockport, Massachusetts)


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Born in Philadelphia, Marguerite Pearson had childhood polio that confined her to a wheel chair, but she overcame that condition to have a distinguished career as a painter of exquisite interior scenes, figures and still life.

She studied with William James and Frederick Bosley at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and studied figure painting with Edmund Tarbell. In 1941, she moved to Rockport, Massachusetts where she had been spending her summers. She was an active painter until age 80, and also taught classes in her studio.

Source: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Born in Philadelphia August 1, 1899, Marguerite Stuber Pearson was the daughter of confectioner, Arthur G. Pearson and his wife Ottelia. Having been stricken with polio in her teens, Marguerite S. Pearson was left a paraplegic who was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but that disadvantage did not deter her early dream to become a respected figure and genre painter.

Not wanting to burden or be overly dependent upon family members or friends, Pearson quickly learned how to manipulate a wheelchair and she did not allow her handicap to alter or ruin her life or career.

Pearson studied at the Fenway School of Illustration (Boston), Boston's Museum School with Frederick Bosley and William James (1918-1922), took private art lessons from Edmund C. Tarbell (1922-1927) and later studied with Aldro T. Hibbard (landscape painting), Henry Leith-Ross, Henry Hunt Clark, Howard Giles (design), Harold N. Anderson and Chase Emerson (illustration).

She was unmarried and died in her Rockport, MA studio April 2, 1978.

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Biography from The Caldwell Gallery - I:
Marguerite Pearson studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and worked privately with Edmund Tarbell from 1922-27. She also studied with several teachers in design, landscape and illustration. She became best well known for her floral still lifes and interiors with figures. Pearson had been confined to a wheelchair since contracting polio in her teen years.

Pearson worked as a magazine and news illustrator before turning to painting full time in 1922. By the mid-40's Pearson became quite financially successful, and her works were reproduced as prints. Beside her intense studies, Pearson belonged to many arts and artists groups. In 1941 she moved to Rockport MA, which she had been visiting in the summer since 1920. Her popularity was sustained by continual positive criticism and she was in great demand as a teacher and juror. Pearson's balanced composition and precise observation makes her work enduring with life and light.

Biography from William A. Karges Fine Art - Beverly Hills:
Marguerite Pearson was born in Philadelphia in 1898. Struck with polio while in her teens, and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, Pearson did not allow her disability to alter her plans of becoming an artist. Pearson studied with Edmund Tarbell, and at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.

She is known for her exquisitely rendered interior scenes, as well as her still lifes and figurative works. Pearson moved to Rockport, Massachusetts in 1941, where she taught and painted until her death in 1978.

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