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 Jacques Maroger  (1884 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: Maryland/New York / France      Known for: portrait, figure, and still life painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is from Dan Kavanaugh of Kavanaugh Art Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa. Kavanaugh wrote: "We don't feature the artist; however, we do have one still-life painting of his at the gallery. . . He was such a wonderful artist I thought he needed some recognition on your sight."

Born in Paris in 1884, Jacques Maroger had formal art education in the studio of Jacques E. Blanche, a premier portrait painter for London and Paris.  His pupils including Maroger formed "La Palette," later an important artists' club.

In 1907, Maroger met Louis Anquetin and worked with him until Anquetin's death in 1932.  For Maroger, this teacher provided guidance in the study of anatomy and painting techniques of the Old Masters.  Maroger discovered that one of their secrets was achieving a sense of transparency through the quality of their paint--a medium he began perfecting in 1929.  In 1931, the National Academy of Design in New York reported Maroger's discovery, which brought together and applied to modern day painting brightness, transparency, and permanence.

From 1930 to 1939, Maroger was associated with the Louvre Museum in Paris, serving as a professor at the Louvre School, a Member of the Conservation Committee, Tecchnical Director of the Louvre Laboratory, General Secretary of the International Experts, and President of the Restorers of France.  In 1937, he received the Legion of Honor.

He emigrated to America in 1939 and became a Professor at the Parsons School of Design in New York.  His students, Reginald Marsh, John Koch, and Frank Mason, adopted his Old Masters painting technique and in turn, taught it to their students at the Art Students League of New York.

In 1942, Maroger became a Professor at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore and established a school of Old-Master technique painting that continues to the present time. He also painted in Mystic, Connectic and was a member of the Mystic Art Association.

Maroger published the book, The Secret Formulas and Techniques of the Old Masters, in 1948, and after his death in Baltimore in 1962, his widow, Olga, has contined to maintain his studio and laboratory.

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