Mary G. L. Hood (1886-1967), a Philadelphia native, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but would ultimately reject her traditional academic training in favor of an avant-garde art. She balanced her artistic aspirations with a traditional family life and later thrived in the artist's community of New Hope, Pennsylvania, where she created modernist still life, floral and landscape works.
Hood first attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1903-4. Notable classmates at the Academy were Daniel Garber and Arthur B. Carles. Her teachers included William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz, Henry Breckenridge, Cecilia Beaux and Henry McCarter. Hood left the Academy after two semesters, and despite her determina
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