A relatively well-known artist in Chicago in the early 20th century, Marie Blanke was a painter of landscapes and still life and a popular teacher of design classes at Lewis Institute. Her father was a Superior Court Judge. She graduated from Lake View High School and then attended the Art Institute of Chicago, having earned a scholarship from the Chicago Women's Club. She studied with artist and illustrator Frederick Richardson, whom she revered and cited as a major influence in her professional career, according to an in-depth profile written many years later by Ben Hecht for the Chicago Daily News. She also studied in London, England, Munich and Worpswede, Germany, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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