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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: portrait, genre, flora, and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Russian born, Maurice Molarsky was a figure, portrait, and still-life painter in classical* style.  He also did an occasional marine scene.

Molarsky settled in Philadelphia where he was a student at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art.  He also studied in France and England and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.  Molarsky was a fellow of the Pennsylvania Academy and a member of the Allied Artists of America. 

Exhibition venues included the Pennsylvania Academy*, Corcoran Gallery Biennials, Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915*, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club*.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biographical information was submitted by Mona Molarsky, great niece of the artist.  Her source is the library of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Summary of affiliations with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for:

NAME:  Maurice Molarsky  (1885-1950)
Student Record: 1899-1904, and 1906-10

Student Prizes: Thouron Prize for Composition, 1903; Cresson Travel Scholarship, 1904 (letters written during his European trip are in the file for ’05)
Summary of exhibition record:  Annual Exhibitions of Oils and Sculpture, frequently between 1904 and 1950 (see list of titles in Falk work below); one-man show at PAFA, 1946.
Exhibition Prizes: Fellowship Prize, 1909 (purchase of a work by the alumni fellowship)
Clippings: see PAFA library clipping file; email;
PAFA Permanent Collection: 2 oils: The Connoisseur (Eugene Costello) ca. 1923, and My Father, 1907
Other resources: See reading lists for the history of the Museum and School, on PAFA's website, or from our Library or Archives.
Dictionaries and indexes available in many libraries:

Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. The Annual Exhibition Record of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 3 vols. (Madison, CT: Sound View Press), 1988-89. [index to works in the Annual Exhibitions, 1807-1968; with essays about the exhibitions].
Who Was Who in American Art, 1985; second edition, 2001. Sound View Press
American Art Annuals, 1913-48, American Federation of the Arts
Fielding, Mantle. Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers.
Groce and Wallace. The New York Historical Society Dictionary of Artists in
America, 1564-1860

Mallett, D. T. Index to Artists
Inventory of American Paintings and Sculpture (data-base of art locations maintained by the Smithsonian Institution).
Archives of American Art (collections of papers, manuscripts, & photographs of Amer. artists maintained by the Smithsonian Mona Molarsky

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