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 Marie R. Garesche  (1864 - 1951)

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Lived/Active: Missouri/Florida      Known for: figure, medallion designer, teacher

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Marie Garesche was an artist, author, lecturer and art educator who was an instructor for many years of art and art history at Soldan High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

She took her art training at Washington University in St. Louis. In school, she was editor of an art publication called "Palette Scrapings" from January 1882 to June 1884. It was written and illustrated by art students of Washington University.

Marie Garesche was also an active person in the community where she was a charter member of the Wednesdy Club, which for many years was the largest and most influential woman's club in St. Louis. She worked hard for women's suffrage, and In 1903, "blasted the World's Fair Co. for the 'limited sphere allotted to women's participation in the fair.' " ("Globe Democrat"). Her name was inscribed on a tablet created by the League of Women Voters dedicated "To those Women in Missouri Whose Courageous Work Opened the Opportunities of Complete Citizenship To All Women". For the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair, she designed the official medallion souvenir, which had profiled heads of Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon.

As an art historian, Marie Garesche wrote a book, "Art of the Ages", which was reviewed nationally in magazines and used as a textbook in highschools across the country. She did a series of photographs titled "The History of Education" for which she was awarded a Gold Medal at the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, and created a series of lectures which she illustrated in talks in her region with lantern slides. Topics included "The Chronological Development of Architecture in Western Civilization", "19th and 20th Century Sculpture", "Landscape Painting", "The Madonna in Art", "Historic Dress and Furniture", and "The Four Giants of the Italian Renaissance".

Of these lectures, Washington University Architecture Professor, John Beverley Robinson, wrote: "A fine presence, melodious voice and a clear grasp and presnetiation of her subject, characterize her platform work. I esteem her ability and her accomplishments most highly."

Courtesy Betty Garesche Torno, great niece of the artist

Sources include:
Missouri Historical Society
"St. Louis Globe Democrat", October 24, 1978
George Kingsbury, Letter to the Artist, 12/06/1904. Executive Commissioner of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission.

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