A native of Canton, Ohio, Mary Elizabeth Fife earned her B.A. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1923 and did postgraduate work at Cooper Union in New York from 1925-27. She studied at the prestigious Academie Russe in Paris (1928) and later with Kenneth Hayes Miller at the Art Students League in New York (1930-35), where she met and married (in 1933) the artist Edward Laning (1906-1981), several years her junior. Laning, along with Miller, Raphael Soyer, Reginald Marsh and Isabel Bishop, are the best known members of the so-called "Fourteenth Street School," a talented group of realist painters whose studios were situated in the Union Square-Fourteenth Street area of New York City and whose subject matter was the p
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