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Carolyn Mase

 (1880 - 1949)
Carolyn Campbell Mase was active/lived in New York.  Carolyn Mase is known for impressionist landscape, still life and seascape painting.

Carolyn Mase

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Carolyn Mase (1880-1949)

Born in Fishkill Landing in 1880, she had developed into a well established artist by 1912.  She was raised in Beacon, New York, where the fire station is named after her father, Willard H. Mase.   After finishing school in Beacon, Ms. Mase and her friend and contemporary, Alice Judson, traveled to France to study painting where they were influenced by the Impressionists of the day: Renoir, Manet and Monet. 

"Ms. Mase's style  lent itself well to the subject matter of the Hudson River and its Highlands...radically changing the images from the precise Hudson River School technique to the softer impressionism then gaining influence abroad."  Later in life, Mase spent time at St. George, Staten Island, where she became interested in seascapes and Utica, New York, where she painted many landscapes.  Her contemporaries included Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Frederick Frieseke.  

Mase was also known for her enthusiastic champion of women's suffrage.  "I stand for beauty and aristocracy in nature," Mase once remarked. "Her friends claim that this beauty she sought was reflected in her paintings."  

1st Vice President, Staten Island Art Association

Exhibitions included:
New York Water Color Club 11th Annual Exhibition, 1900; Greenwich Society of Artists, 1912; Powell Art Gallery, 1914; New York Armory Art Exhibition, 1916*; Art Association of New Orleans 16th Annual Exhibition, 1917; The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 7th Annual Exhibition, 1917; The Arts Club of Washington Members Exhibition, 1920; The National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors 30th Annual Exhibition, 1921; Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, 1923; Washington Water Color Club 31st Annual Exhibition, 1927; Washington Water Color Club 31st Annual Exhibition, 1929; Art Association of New Orleans 32nd Annual Exhibition, 1933; The Ogunquit Art Center 14th Annual Exhibition, 1936; Washington Water Color Club 42nd Annual Exhibition, 1938; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 29th Annual Exhibition, 1939.

Article dated March 4, 1998 from the Beacon Free Press.

*The date of the Armory Show exhibition should be 1913, not 1916 as indicated in the article. (Courtesy of Christine Oaklander)

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About  Carolyn Mase

Born:  1880 - Fishkill Landing, New York
Died:   1949
Known for:  impressionist landscape, still life and seascape painting

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Carolyn Mase

New York Armory Show of 1913