Ethel Mars

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  • Ethel
  • Mars
  • partner: Maud Hunt Squire
  • n/a
  • September 19, 1876
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • March 23, 1956
  • Vence, France
  • circa 1897-1905 or 1906: New York, New York

    1899: Springfield, Illinois

    1899: 364 Ontario St., Chicago, Illinois AND Springfield, Illinois

    1905-1906: 625 S. 7th St., Springfield, Illinois

    between September 1905 and April 1906-?: 39, Boulevard St. Jacques, Paris, France

    1906-1914: Paris, France

    1908: 718 S. 4th St., Springfield, Illinois

    1909-1913: 39 Blvd. St. Jacques, Paris, France

    1910: 616 E. Scarritt St., Springfield, Illinois

    1911: 1516 S. Sixth St., Springfield, Illinois

    1914-1918: Provincetown, Massachusetts

    1915: 629 W. Prairie Ave., Decatur, Illinois

    1918-1925: Vernon, Francw

    late 1920-?: Paris, France

    1925-1956: Vence, France; 1928 built home they called “La Farigoule”

    during WWII: Isere, France
  • Springfield, Illinois

    Provincetown, Massachusetts

    Paris, Vernon and Vence, France
  • Block Printer, Painter-Oil, Pastelist, Textile designer, Watercolorist
  • 1892-1893, 1894-1896: Cincinnati Art Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio; student of Frank Duveneck and Lewis H. Meakin
    1898: Paris, France
  • 1900-1906: several trips to Europe

    1902: Europe (probably Chioggia, Brittany, Germany)

    1905: Italy, Switzerland

    after 1906: throughout France, Spain, Germany
  • Array
  • 1898: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Portrait of Mrs. St. J.; Dorothy

    1899: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Portrait of Miss Squire; Marie; Head, crayon; Head, pastel

    1899: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Art Student, watercolor; On the Bridge, watercolor; Bachelor Girl, pastel

    1900: 4th Annual Exhibition of Society of Western Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1903: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio; illustrations for childrens’ books

    1904: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio; paintings, drawings, prints

    1905: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Head, watercolor; Callers, watercolor; Women in a Carriage, watercolor; Theresa, chalk; Tiger, print; Macaws, print; Misty Morning, print; A Winter Day, woodblock; Crowned Cranes, print; In the Park, woodblock print; Winter Evening, print

    1906, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; In the Park, woodblock print; A Winter Day, woodblock; Flower Stand, woodblock; Street Scene, woodblock; Fishing Boats, Canarsie, woodblock; Woman with a Dog, woodblock; Restaurant, Canarsie, woodblock; The Noon Hour, woodblock

    1907-1913, 1922: Salon d'Automne, Paris, France

    1908: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Cart Horses, woodblock; At the Quay, Concarneau, woodblock; Horse and Cart, woodblock; Breton Cart Horse, woodblock; Sardine Nets, woodblock; Breton Fishing Boats, woodblock; Fishing Boat, Concarneau, woodblock; Horse, Vitre, woodblock

    1909: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Woman with the Red Feather

    January 23-March 20, 1910: 105th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Woman with a Monkey; Woman with a Jaguar

    1910: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; A Young Girl

    February 5-March 26, 1911: 106th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Woman in Blue

    1911: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Portrait of a Child

    1912: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Child with the Shawl

    1913: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Portrait: A Child

    1915: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Springtime, watercolor; The Dansant, watercolor; Early Morning, watercolor; Printing a Wood-block, watercolor

    1915-1919: Art Association, Provincetown, Rhode Island

    September 10-October 22, 1978: Ethel Mars: Early 1900s Expatriate, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois; 15 works

    1983: Provincetown Painters: A Woodcut Tradition, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

    October 12-November 22, 2000: Tres Complémentaires: The Art and Lives of Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, New York: 58 works

    Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

    National Academy of Design, New York, New York

    Paris Salon, Paris, France

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
  • Collection of the French Government

    Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

    National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

    Sangamon Valley Collection, Illinois

    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

    Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois
  • Flint, Janet. Provincetown Printers: A Woodcut Tradition, National Museum of American Art, 1983. Marks, Matthew.  "Provincetown Prints," The Print Collectors Newsletter.  September/October 1984. Pickel, Susan E. “Ethel Mars: Illinois Impressionist,” The Living Museum, vol. 40, no. 4 July-August 1978. Ryan, Catherine. Tres Complémentaires; The Art and Lives of Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire, 2000.
  • Salon d'Automne, Paris, France

    Societe des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

    Society of Western Artists
  • 1907: first premium, portrait in oil; first premium, head in oil; first premium, figure in oil; first premium, landscape in oil; first premium, portrait in watercolor; first premium, head in watercolor; first premium, figure painting in watercolor; premium, best watercolor painting on exhibition; first premium, head or figure in pastel; first and second premiums, illustrated poem or short story; first premium, sculpture; Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois
  • circa 1897: commercial book illustrator for R.H. Russell, New York, New York

    1910s: taught woodcutting at Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • "hobnobbed" with Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, D.H. Lawrence, Gertrude Stein

    Gertrude Stein’s poem Miss Furr and Miss Skeene is based on Mars and her companion, Maud Hunt Squire; originally published 1922, then in Vanity Fair in 1923

    following end of WWI, active in an artists’ colony in Vence, France that included Marsden Hartley, Oliver Chaffee, Ada Gilmore, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Reginald Marsh, and Chaim Soutine