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 Marie Danforth Page  (1869 - 1940)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: child portrait painting

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Boston artist Marie Danforth Page, born there in 1869, was a popular and successful portraitist who painted, among many other sitters, six Harvard professors from 1928 to 1931, whose portraits remain in the collection of the University. Favorite subjects for portraits were children and mothers and children.

Page studied with Helen Knowlton from 1886 to 1889, and at the Boston Museum School from 1890 to 1895 with Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson. Her art education continued during a trip to Europe in 1903, when she copied Velasquez's paintings in Spain, and then studied color theory back in the United States with Denman Ross at Harvard summer school.

She painted an interesting portrait of her husband, Calvin G. Page, whom she had married in 1896, depicting her own image reflected in glass while painting him. Her World War I poster, "Building for Health," has a blue letter V in the background behind a woman in a yellow dress holding a baby. It is in the collection of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

She first exhibited in 1894 at the Boston Art Club, but her initial one-person show of fifteen portraits took place in 1902. She received a bronze medal for one of three paintings in the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, and the Shaw Prize in 1916 at the National Academy of Design, New York City, which made her an Associate in 1927. She exhibited at the Guild of Boston Artists, and Vose and Walter Kimball Galleries, also in Boston.

Marie Danforth Page died in 1940.

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Biography from Pierce Galleries, Inc.:
Marie Danforth Page (American, 1869-1940):

Marie Danforth Page was born and raised in Boston. She studied under Helen Knowlton privately from 1886-1889 and with Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson at Boston Museum School from 1890-1896. She married Dr. Calvin G. Page on June 10, 1896 and the couple later had two daughters. It was also in 1896 that she first painted in Europe.

Known as a “Tarbellite” because her work emulated the teachings of Tarbell, she became an Associate of the National Academy in 1927 and member of the Guild of Boston Artists. She exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Guild of Boston Artists, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design and elsewhere.

Page was primarily known for her portraits and genre paintings of children and mothers with children.

Her work was awarded medals at the National Academy of Design (1916, 1923, 1928), Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco (1915), Newport Art Association (1921), Duxbury Art Association (MA, 1920), Sesqui-Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia (1926), Grand Central Galleries (NY, 1928), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (two awards 1916); and the Springfield Art Association. Her first solo exhibition was in 1921 at the Guild of Boston Artists.

Page died on March 4, 1940.

Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the George Walter Smith Museum in Springfield, MA; Mt. Holyoke College; Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA; Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (Boston); Brooklyn N.Y. Medical Society; University of Wisconsin; Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, PA; Erie, PA Museum of Art; Springfield, Illinois AA; Monclair Art Museum (NJ).

Marie Danforth Page is listed in major American Art reference books including Who Was Who in American Art; 300 Years of American Art, p. 626; Tufts, American Women Artists, 1830-1930; Falk, Exhibition Record Series; Pierce, Edmund C. Tarbell & the Boston School of Painting, p. 167; Who’s Who in American, vol. 18, 1934/1935, p. 1829 and many more.

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