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Margaret Jordan Patterson

Study for Poppies and Convolvulus Poppies and Convolvulus


Margaret Jordan Patterson was born in Soerabaija, Java, and although both parents were American, the glowing color and luxuriance of the Tropics seems to have early gotten into her blood. As her artistic life developed, she was always joyously at home in Spain, Italy, France, where she painted for hours, luminous canvases that sing with sunshine, vibrate with blues, greens and crimsons, as do those of Sorolla: windblown cypresses, lovely golden yellow or faded pink plaster walls, bronze sails, shimmering seas.

 After working at Pratt Institute with Arthur W. Dow (1857-1922), she went to Paris to study with two famous Spanish painters, Claudio Castelucho (1870-1927) and Angalaba, both of whom were keenly interested in her work. In Boston, she worked much for and with the late Charles H. Woodbury (1864-1940), also teaching in his school. His theories were thoroughly in harmony with her own and their warm friendship was based on mutual admiration.

Her work was early recognized as remarkable. Her paintings in oil, watercolor, and pastel have been widely exhibited every year in Europe and America from her first showing at the Paris Salon in 1909 to important exhibitions in Sweden, Florence (Italy), London and repeatedly in Boston and New York. She showed a group of paintings at the "Fifty Years of WaterColour" special exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and several at the Chicago Art Institute WaterColour Exhibit in 1906. Her paintings hang in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Los Angeles and Smith College Museum, Chicago Art Institute and many other galleries.

 Miss Patterson is internationally famous for her wood-block prints, in black and white or in color, examples of which are owned by Smithsonian Institute, Metropolitan Museum in New York, Rhode Island School of Design, Cleveland Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, South Kensington Museum, London, and many others. For her block prints she had Honorable Mention in the Panama Pacific Exposition (1915) and in 1931 she received the coveted Dawson Memorial Medal, Philadelphia.

Her prints are of flowers, landscapes and seascapes, delightful in composition and mood, feeling for design, and illusion of high relief - rich, like all her work in their sense of color harmony. Like Whistler's etchings, they are reminiscent of Japanese prints, yet completely original. Some were selected by Ethel Mars (1876-1934) an] shown in the 1922 Champs de Mar Paris Salon. They had already attracted Parisian attention at the Barbazanges Gallery, just before World War I.

After Miss Patterson retired from teaching in 1940, she spent her summers conducting summer classes in landscape painting at her studio, Horn's Hill, on Monhegan Island, Maine, where students worked in oil, gouache, water color and pencil. 

Margaret Jordan Patterson died in Boston on February 17, 1950.