Marie Cameron

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  • Marie
  • Martha J.
  • Gélon
  • Cameron
  • Edgar S. Cameron (May 26, 1862-November 5, 1944) born in Ottawa, Illinois and studied in Chicago, New York and Paris. He returned to Chicago with his French-born artist wife, Marie Gelon. As an art critic for the Chicago Tribune (1890– 1900), he participated in the World’s Columbian Exposition and interpreted new art for the public. He won the Paris Exposition Silver Medal in 1900. His works were prominently displayed at a number of shows at the Chicago Art Institute. Cameron had a wide range of interest in subject matter, including portraits, landscapes, genre and historical paintings. Some of his paintings resulted from travels to Belgium, Brittany and Paris. It is clear from the inventory of his work, that American history and landscapes were of special interest. A portion of his artistic career was spent on mural commissions. He was one of the artists who worked on The Chicago Fire cyclorama prior to the 1893 World’s Fair. A number of his murals remain intact in prominent buildings in Chicago.
  • May 14, 1872
  • Paris, France
  • December 17, 1949
  • French
  • 1902: 15 Tree Studio Building, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 1902: 15 Tree Studio Building (10 E. Ohio St.), Chicago, Illinois
  • Painter-Oil
  • 1884-1886: Paris, France; student of Alexandre Cabanel, Jean Paul Laurens, Moreau de Tours, and Benjamin Jean-Joseph Constant
    Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Array
  • Paris Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

    October 20-December 6, 1896: Ninth Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Jeune fille d’Etaples (Girl of Etaples)

    1897: Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago; Claudine

    March 28-April 15, 1897: Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts

    February 1-27, 1898: Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Portrait of My Father

    1899, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1908, 1914, 1922: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1900: Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois

    February 3-?, 1903: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Hallowe'en

    1904: Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri; Mending the Net

    Salon des Champs Elysees, Paris, France; Mending the Net

    October 22-December 1, 1907: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Portrait, Margaretta

    October 20-November 29, 1908: Twenty-First Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture by Contemporary American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    December 7-26, 1909: Paintings by Edgar S. Cameron and Marie G. Cameron, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Mending the Net; Zaina; Suzette; Wandering Thoughts; Trimming the Hat; Margaretta; Portrait; Algerian Sheik; Dorothy

    January 4-30, 1910: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Late Afternoon; Portrait, Mrs. H.; In the Orchard; Babbling Brook

    January 31 – February 26, 1911: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute fo Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Fancy Work; Josephine; Mandolinist

    January 28 – February 21, 1913: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute fo Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Springtime, Pont Aven; Le Vallou, Pont Aven; Tamick

    March 2-31, 1915: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute fo Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Glen, oil on canvas
  • Chicago History Center, Chicago, Illinois

    Cook County Probate Court

    First Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois

    Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

    University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • 1902:  Woman's National Catholic League

    1922: Rosenwald Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Edgar Spier Cameron Papers, 1868-1968 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • "Marie Gélon's earliest efforts were in the naturalist vein -- dark interior scenes of Brittany's working class, such as the women in Mending the Nets, exhibited at the St. Louis Universal Exposition. Back in Chicago, her palette lightened up." -- AskArt.com

    "One of the few portrait painters among women." -- "Chicago Women Artists and Their Studios," Chicago Daily Tribune, April 4, 1909