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 Frances Raiff Wood  (1899 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: New York / France      Known for: figure, portrait, mothers and children, religious painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is submitted by Vicki Washuk:

Born in Brooklyn, Frances Wood studied in New York at the Pratt Institute in New York from 1919-1920 and the Art Students League from 1922-1926.  Her instructors at the League were Boardman Robinson, Thomas Benton, Max Weber, Kimon Nicolaides.

She painted mothers and children, sometimes in an abstract style.  She was a colorist, and she also did Biblical subjects.  She used many different mediums such as oil, watercolor, casein, crayon, pastel and glass.

She exhibited in many group shows including The Brooklyn Museum, Riverside Museum, Montclair Museum, Santa Fe Museum, The Whitney Museum, The Boston Museum, and The Jersey City Museum.

Wood had two one-man shows in Paris, France, and a couple in New York City.  While in the Arts Students League, she was selected for Monitorship which is a form of scholarship to a student of special talent.  She was also included in the monthly concours.

Wood lived in Woodstock New York and Paris France.  In 1937 she came back from Paris, to New York where she taught art on the W.P.A project, was a member of the Artists Equity of New York, and the Brooklyn Society of Artists.

While living in Paris she married Frank McEwen, who had friendships with Brancusi, Braque, Matisse, Picasso and Leger.  McEwen was the nephew of Esther and Lucien Pissaro.  While in Paris, Frances Wood became friendly with writer Henry Miller and is mentioned as a character in his book Tropic of Capricorn.

While in New York, she exhibited in numerous group show at galleries in NYC.

Note: Frances Wood is not to be confused with painter Frances Raiff Wood.

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