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 Mary C. Brady  (1867 - 1940)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: impressionist landscape and still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Mary C. Brady, impressionist painter, was born in England circa 1865. Very little is known of the early home/artistic life of Mary Brady.

She is considered by art scholars to be an integral part in the development of the important Monterey California art colony. Mary Brady and another artist, Evelyn McCormick, (1869-1948) were hailed in 1909 as the pioneers of the present settlement of Monterey as a mecca of art.

Brady was known to be active as an artist from the 1880s-1920s during which time she spent most of her career working between San Jose and Monterey.

She is thought to be one of the first American woman artists who worked in Giverny during the heyday of the impressionist movement. She first traveled to Giverny in 1889 returning again in 1890 and 1892. During her last stay in Giverny in 1892, Brady modeled for the important American impressionist painter Theodore Robinson whose painting "November" depicting Brady was the last he executed in Giverny.

One can clearly see the influence of the French Impressionists in the work of Mary Brady, her sharp and keen light-filled canvases and impressionist palette testify to the mastery of her skill.

Her continued association through the years with the impressionist artist Evelyn McCormick, creator of some of the earliest American Impressionist pictures to be exhibited in California, is considered to be an important part of the early evolution of California Impressionism. Brady was known to have exhibited her light filled impressionist paintings of California's landscape as early as 1896.

One contemporary critic for the San Francisco Call newspaper wrote: "In the room there are pictures by three one-time Californians. A landscape by Mary Brady, a portrait by Emil Carlsen, and several figure studies by Guy Rose. Miss Brady has achieved a distinct success. The light is very sharp and keen;everything is at once hard and bright."

Mary Brady exhibited her paintings at the Society of American Artists, New York; the San Francisco Art Association and others. She passed away in Monterey, California in 1927.

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Blake Benton Fine Art

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Born in Fermanagh County, Ireland on Feb. 16, 1867, Mary Brady arrived in San Francisco in 1880.  As a teenager she studied at the local School of Design under Virgil Williams and Amédée Joullin.   Later she continued her studies at Académie Julian in Paris for a few years. While there she painted in Giverny with artists Ernest Peixotto and Theodore Robinson.

While maintaining a studio at 628 Montgomery Street, she was active in the San Francisco art scene from the 1880s.  By the late 1890s she had a studio-home on the Monterey Peninsula where she spent her remaining years.

After the Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915, she painted only a few canvases.  Unmarried, she died at Agnew State Hospital in Santa Clara, CA on Feb. 23, 1940. Her Impressionist still lifes and landscapes are rare.

Member: Carmel Club of Arts & Crafts.

Exhibitions: Society of American Artists (NYC), 1896; SFAA, 1898-1916; Calif. State Fair, 1900; Starr King Fraternity, 1905; Sketch Club (SF), 1906-09; Mark Hopkins Inst., 1906; Del Monte Art Gallery (Monterey), 1907-14; Berkeley AA, 1908; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909.
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1909-13; California State Library (Sacramento).
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