Martha Greta Kempton was born in Vienna on March 22, 1903 to an Austrian mother and a British father. She created her first portrait at age 9, painting a portrait of her sleeping governess. An art teacher who recognized her precocious talent took her under her wing. Later, she became a pupil of Rauchinger and Willonce in the Vienna National Academy of Design. Around 1926, she moved to the United States. After settling in New York, Kempton studied at the National Academy of Design under Sidney Dickinson and at the Art Students League, New York City under George E. Bridgeman. Her professional career began in Long Island, when a portrait she painted of a neighborhood boy led to several commission
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