DescriptionMARION BOYD ALLEN (American, 1862-1941)
Camp on Mount Washington, 1907
Oil on canvas
14 x 12 inches (35.6 x 30.5 cm)
Signed in full lower right: Marion Boyd Allen
Initialed in red paint and dated on turned back canvas edge lower right: MBA '07
THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST
Jeffrey R. Brown Fine Arts, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, 1982 (label verso).
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Marion Allen was a prolific New England painter of portraits and landscapes, but did not begin landscape painting until later in her career. She was a pupil of Edmund Tarbell and Frank Weston Benson at the School of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and in all genres of her work she maintained the remarkably soft, atmospheric quality that distinguishes the work of the Boston School artists. Allen exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, and the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1925, at the age of sixty-three, she left her Boston studio to make the first of many trips West to California, Washington and Oregon, and it was in these locations that she added landscape painting to her subject matter. She scaled mountains, lived in isolated cabins such as the one depicted in the present work, and experienced numerous hardships and daredevil adventures to capture special vantage points in her landscapes. Spending ten summers in Arizona ending in 1936, she painted the Grand Canyon and other scenery, but her reputation in the West remains primarily with portraits she did of members of the Indian tribes.
Original canvas and stretcher bars, restretched more recently. Craquelure and a few scattered abrasions commensurate with age and original condition. Stretcher bar creases present. Inscription original to the painting on far left wall illegible: Frison ? 05. UV examination reveals a dime-sized spot of inpaint above the box shape in lower right foreground and a couple pinpoints of inpaint in lower right quadrant. Otherwise unrestored. Framed Dimensions 18.5 X 16.5 Inches
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