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|Mary Macomber was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 21,
1861. She studied drawing with a local artist for some years and then
at the school of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for a year, until ill
health cut short her studies. After her recovery she studied again
briefly with Frank Duveneck and then opened a studio in Boston. In 1889
her "Ruth" was exhibited in the National Academy of Design show. Over
the next 13 years she exhibited 25 more paintings at the National
Academy and was a frequent exhibitor at other major museums and
Macomber's symbolic, allegorical, and decorative
panels, revealing the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites, were widely
admired. Among her more celebrated works are "Love Awakening Memory"
(1892), "Love's Lament" (1893), "St. Catherine" (1897), "The Hour
Glass" (1900), "The Lace Jabot" (1900; a self-portrait), "Night and Her
Daughter Sleep" (1903), and "Memory Comforting Sorrow" (1905). In later
years she also devoted much time to portraiture. Macomber died in
Boston, Massachusetts, on February 4, 1916.
She currently has
work exhibited in the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian
Institute; and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
in Fall River, Massachusetts, Mary Macomber achieved a reputation for
her Pre-Raphaelite style of allegorical painting. In Fall River, she
studied still life painting with Robert Dunning and then spent a year
at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. Illness prevented her from
continuing there, but later she studied in Boston with Frank Duveneck.
1903, much of her work was lost in a studio fire. She also had poetry
talent, and a book of her poetry was published in 1914. From 1890 to
1903, she exhibited at the National Academy of Design, and from 1895 to
1903 in nine annual exhibitions of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Source: "American Women Artists" by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein
Paul Sternberg, Sr., "Art by American Women"
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