Myrtle Jean MacLane

Myrtle Jean MacLane


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Chicago (Cook county, Illinois, United States)

Noted for her Expressionist portraits of women and children, Jean MacLane studied figure painting with John Vanderpoel at the Art Institute of Chicago, Frank Duveneck in Cincinnati, and William Merritt Chase in New York. Together with her husband, the artist John C. Johansen, MacLane helped found the National Foundation of Portrait Painters in 1912, the same year that she was elected associate member of the National Academy of Design. MacLane's signature motifs include lithe, undulating female bodies, often positioned in friezes or from behind; sharp, moody lighting heightening a palette of earth tones; and abstracted reflections in pools of water.

For a commissioned, multi-artist portrait of the Allied leaders from World War I, now hanging in the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., MacLane painted the only female subject, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Her paintings can also be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago; San Antonio Museum of Art; and Toledo Museum of Art.


Myrtle Jean MacLane Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
JEAN MACLANE (American, 1878-1964) The Inner Shore (Motherhood) Oil on canvas 36 x 46 inches (91.4 x 116.8 cm) Signe
JEAN MACLANE (American, 1878-1964)The Inner Shore (Motherhood)Oil on canvas36 x 46 inches (91.4 x 116.8 cm)Signe...
Lot 70219
Auction 5174
Saturday, May 10, 2014
JEAN MACLANE (American, 1878-1964) Girl in Blue 1933 Oil on canvas 42-1/4 x 36-1/4 inches (107.3 x 92.1 cm) Signed l
JEAN MACLANE (American, 1878-1964)Girl in Blue 1933Oil on canvas42-1/4 x 36-1/4 inches (107.3 x 92.1 cm)Signed l...
Lot 70218
Auction 5174
Saturday, May 10, 2014

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