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 Margaret Goddard Carlson  (1882 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: New York/Colorado/New Jersey      Known for: landscape painting, children's book illustration

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Margaret Goddard Carlson
from Auction House Records.
The Upland Cabin
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Biography from David Cook Galleries:
Born in Plainfield, New Jersey to parents of means, young Margaret Goddard left the comfort of home’s hearth to pursue study in art. Attending the Art Students League in New York (1898-99), she provided the illustrations for a children’s book, The Making of Meenie (1904).

At some point, she established a connection with Byrdcliffe, a Utopian arts and crafts community in Woodstock, New York. This art colony was established in 1903 by the son of a millionaire Yorkshire textile baron, Ralph Whitehead, and his American wife, Jane Byrd McCall. Inspired by the writing of John Ruskin, Whitehead envisioned a counter movement to industrialization in which beauty and the finely-made object would prevail. Attracting progressive thinkers of the day, Byrdcliffe included painting, pottery, textiles, jewelry, and furniture, each intended to contribute to a complete home environment — based in and integrated by natural forms. Records indicate that merchant and designer, Edgar Newton Eames, met young textile designer, Margaret Carlson, at Byrdcliffe in 1909. The art colony was a draw for liberated artistic women, who were involved in all aspects of daily life. A local historian claims, ''It was one of the few places creative women who didn't want to be housewives could go in those days.''

In Woodstock, Margaret met her future husband, the artist John Fabian Carlson, who was there teaching landscape painting in the summer school of the Art Students League. Becoming her teacher and mentor, the two became romantically involved by 1910, and in 1913 they married. They would have three children, and Margaret denied her own artistic ambitions in favor of her husband’s. Yet she continued to paint, with most of her works dating between 1910 and 1920. In 1920, the Carlsons arrived in Colorado Springs, where John assumed the directorship of the new Broadmoor Academy.

In her style, Margaret paints in a manner similar to her husband and teacher, but she tended to use smaller brushes to create shorter, broken strokes. Her subjects include the purple mountain’s majesty of the Pike’s Peak region as well as more cultivated landscapes of upstate New York and New England.

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