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 Maude Hunt Squire  (1873 - 1955)

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Lived/Active: Ohio / France      Known for: illustration, genre and landscape painting

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Le Bal Bullier, vers 1906-1912
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Biography from Papillon Gallery:
Maud Squire was born January 30, 1873 in Cincinnati.  Her parents encouraged her artistic training, though both had died by the time she was a young woman.  At the age of 21, she enrolled in the Cincinnati Art Academy and studied under Lewis Henry Meakin and Frank Duveneck.  At the academy she met fellow student Ethel Mars, with whom she would live and travel for the rest of her life.

Squire began her career while still a student, traveling to New York to meet with publishers and exhibiting her work.  By 1900 she and Mars were living in New York City, traveling to Europe, and collaborating on illustrating children's books.  By 1906 they had settled in Paris together.  Within a few months of their residence in the city, Squire and Mars had adopted the radical (for the times) use of flamboyant hair coloring and garish makeup.  Certainly, the young women reveled in the social freedoms that Paris offered.

However outrageous, it was Squire’s artistic accomplishments that garnered repeated invitations to Gertrude Stein's salon at 27 rue de Fleurus, where she (and Mars) met such luminaries as Picasso and Matisse.  The connections Squire made at the home of Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas contributed significantly to the development of her career.

It is noteworthy that Squire and Mars were the subject of Stein's whimsical word portrait "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" (Squire's nickname was Skeene), written between 1909 and 1911.  With characteristic playfulness, Stein in this piece spoofs young ladies who come to Paris to "cultivate something."  Stein's reiteration of the word "gay" at a time when its coded meaning was not in mainstream use is interpreted today as an in-group double entendre.

In the 1920s, Squire returned to Europe, eventually settling in Vence on the French Riviera.  There she was active in an artists' community that included Marsden Hartley and Reginald Marsh.  She continued to collaborate with Mars on children's book illustration as well as making her paintings.  Squire concentrated on large-scale watercolors of outdoor public scenes, and continued working until about 1930.

In her lifetime, she exhibited her work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915, Pennsylvania Academy, Provincetown Art Association, and the Society of Independent Artists – of which she was a member.

She died in 1955 in Vence, France at the age of 82.


Biography from Frank H. Hogan Fine Arts:
Maude Hunt Squire, painter, block printer, drawing specialist, illustrator, was born 1873, in Cincinnati Ohio, and died 1955, in Vence, France.

She studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and was a member of the Societe du Salon d; Autome, Paris. She exhibited at the Pennyslvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1902, the Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, the Provincetown Art Association from 1917-20, the Independent Artists in 1917, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Salon d' Automne, Paris, 1923, 1925.

Works, Herron Al. Indanapolis; South Kensington Mus. CGA.

Comments; She was a close friend and companion of Ethel Mars, illustrator, whose work included "Childs Garden of Verse," by R. Stevenson.

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San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition 1915

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