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|Part of the "Bohemian" circle of Greenwich Village, New York City
artists in the early 20th Century, Sarah McPherson associated in that
group with John Reed, Rockwell Kent, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and
Eugene O'Neill. |
During the 1920s, she lived in Paris, where she studied at the Academie
Julian photographer Man Ray used her as a subject. She was also
friends with prominent avant-garde intellectuals including artists
Marcel Duchamp and Djuna Barnes.
Her early painting was primarily large pastels but she later switched
to watercolor miniautres in a "neo-primitve" style with various
subjects including "wheelbarrels, oil lamps, seagulls, and
During her lifetime, her work was not much exhibited, but did receive
positive reviews from distinguished critics such as Walter
Pach. The Society of Independent Artists was, however, an
exhibition venue, and her paintings appeared in annual shos from 1917
to 1921 and 1923-1932.
Sarah McPherson became a revered artists on the island of Monhegan, in
Maine, where she "would sometimes hang her work by clothespins at the
back of Monhegan’s Periwinkle coffee shop, selling her miniatures for
as little as five dollars." In 1980, a solo exhibition of work by Sarah
McPherson was held at the Monhegan Museum.
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
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