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 Mabel Lisle Pickering Ducasse  (1895 - 1976)

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Lived/Active: Rhode Island/Washington/Colorado      Known for: portrait, figure and still life painting

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Mabel Lisle Ducasse was born in Laporte, Colorado and moved with her parents to Prosser, Wa. in 1908.  She attended Central Washington State College and began producing commercial and fashion illustrations after graduating in 1912.

In 1915-1916 she attended the Art Students League  in New York where she studied with Frank Vincent Dumond, F. Luis Mora and George Bridgman. She also attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1916.

Beginning in 1917 she attended the University of Washington and received her BFA in 1923.

During this period, she became a part of Seattle’s nascent modern art scene, working with photographer Imogen Cunningham and painter Yasushi Tanaka, Seattle’s first abstract artist. She won several awards with the Seattle Fine Arts Society, precursor to the Seattle Art Museum. During this time she also developed a close friendship and probable romance with writer/activist Anna Louise Strong who became the subject of several pastel portraits by Ducasse.

In 1921 she married  Curt Ducasse, a Philosophy professor at the University of Washington. When Mr. Ducasse accepted a position at Brown University in 1926, the couple relocated to Providence, RI. She became active in the Providence art community as a painter and as a noted arts writer and critic.

Mabel Lisle Ducasse was noted for her work in the medium of pastel, selecting still-life subjects as well as figurative compositions of women in domestic activities.

She has received three posthumous retrospectives; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI, 1981; The Rotch Duff Jones Museum, New Bedford, MA, 1988; The Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, 1991.

Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the RISD Museum of Art; The Denver Art Museum; Brown University; The Wolfsonian, Florida International University, Miami, Florida.

Submitted by Carol R. Scott and written by David Martin

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One person show catalogs from Newport Art Museum and Rotch-Jones Duff Museum, New Bedford, MA

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Born in LaPorte, Colorado, she showed early art talent.  Her drawings when she was age 13 were used as advertising illustrations in the Prosser, Washington newspapers.  In 1910, she moved to Seattle to do fashion illustrations, and in 1915 to New York to study at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League.  She returned to Washington and graduated in 1925 with an MFA from the University of Washington. 

In 1926, she settled in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband, a professor at Brown University.  Her work was shown regularly at the Providence Art Club between 1927 and 1954; she also exhibited at the Seattle Society of Fine Arts, Northwest Artists, and the Newport Art Association.  A posthumous exhibition of her work was held at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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1. Portrait, "Edmund Burke Delabarre" (1934) (acc.# HP 01528) (Hunter Lab, 265)

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1. Pastel/crayon, "Gypsy Girl" (Woman Applying Lipstick) (20th c.) (acc.# 1986.219)

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Unveiled: a directory and guide to 19th century born artists active in Rhode Island, and where to find their work in publicly accessible Rhode Island collections by Elinor L. Nacheman


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