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 Maud Mary Mason  (1867 - 1956)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: still life and landscape painting, ceramics, teaching

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Born in Russellville, Kentucky, Maud Mary Mason was a painter of floral still lifes and a ceramist who made her home in New Canaan, Connecticut where she had a home with flower beds so remarkable that they were often a part of public tours.  She was also very active as an exhibiting artist and in artist organizations including the American Water Color Society, the Allied Artists of America, and the National Association of Women artists, which she served as President.  In 1934, she was elected an associate member of the National Academy of Design.

In New York she studied art with William Merrrit Chase, Henry Snell and Arthur Dow and also studied at the Art Students League and the Pratt Institute.  She continued her studies in Paris with Frank Brangwyn.

In 1933, she opened a ceramics school, and became honorary president of the New York School of Ceramic Art.

She willed her paintings, extensive textile collection, rare Japanese prints, books and her ceramics to the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in Memphis Tennessee.

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Paul Sternberg, Sr., Art by American Women

Biography from The Artisfun Gallery:
MAUD MARY MASON, A.N.A. (1867-1956), American
(painter, ceramist, designer, teacher, administrator)

Maud Mary Mason, A.N.A. (1867-1956) was born on March 18, 1867 in Russellville, Kentucky.  While still a child she went with her family to New York City where she lived continuously except for a few years in Connecticut.  A painter of floral still life's and a ceramist she made her final home in New Canaan, Connecticut where she had a home with flower beds so remarkable that they were often a part of public tours.

In New York, she studied art with William Merritt Chase, Henry Shell and Arthur Dow, and also studied at the Art Students League and the Pratt Institute.  She continued her studies in Paris with Frank Brangwyn.  She returned to Europe several times.  Fame came to her first not as a painter, but as a teacher of design and as a craftsman.

She was also very active as an exhibiting artist and in artist organizations including the American Water Color Society, the New York Pen & Brush Club, the Allied Artists of America, the Grand Central Art Galleries, and the National Association of Women Artists 1914, which she served as President.  In 1933 she was elected Honorary President of the Pen and Brush Club of New York "Because of your long and loyal friendship and distinguished work".  In 1934, she was elected an associate member of the National Academy of Design in New York City.  Mason was president for five years of the Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, and a Life Member of the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park where she lived for 15 years. On her 89th birthday on March 18, 1956 friends gathered at the National Arts Club to pay tribute to their distinguished member.

She was also an active member of the New York Society of Ceramic Artists and the Boston Society of American Craftsmen (Master Craftsman), and in 1915 she was awarded the gold medal for "The Decoration of China in Colored Enamels" at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.  In 1933, she opened a most successful School of Design ceramics school, and became honorary president of the New York School of Ceramic Art.

She also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago 1909, the National Academy of Design 1914-1950 (13 annuals), the Society of Independent Artists 1917, the Corcoran Gallery biennial 1919, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1919, 1921-1922, the National Arts Club 1920, 1937 (prize), National Association of Women Artists 1922 (prize), and the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery 1945 (solo).

This versatile artist was also active in garden circles both in New York City and New Canaan, Connecticut, where she designed a garden for her sister which was described in a number of magazines. Her own home in New Canaan was known for it's gardens and was placed on the local garden tour.

When an art critic asked why she usually painted flowers, she replied: "One day I just go bored while working from a model in Mr. Chase's studio, so I went out and bought a bunch of daffodils and painted them.  Mr. Chase liked the painting , and so did everyone else, and later I showed flower paintings at the National Academy of Design which were admired very much.  Orders for flower paintings began to come in, and I have never had time to paint much of anything else".

She willed her paintings, extensive textile collection, rare Japanese prints, books and her ceramics to the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in Memphis Tennessee.

Maud Mary Mason, A.N.A. died in New Canaan, Connecticut on August 28, 1956.

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