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Ethel Mars
Original Watercolor by Ethel Mars

20th Century

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Original Watercolor by Ethel Mars (1876 – 1956) Watercolor on Paper Framed and Matted under Glass Hand signed by the artist Approximately 16″ x 14″ inches Includes certificate of authenticity Ethel Mars was active/lived in Massachusetts, Illinois / France. Ethel Mars is known for portrait & landscape painting. Though Ethel Mars was an American painter-printmaker born in Springfield, Illinois in 1876, she lived a great deal of her life in France. After study at the Cincinnati Art Academy, in Ohio, Mars traveled several times to Europe from 1900 until she decided to live in Paris in 1906. At the outset of World War I in 1914, Mars drove an ambulance, but returned to America to live in Provincetown, Massachusetts for the remainder of the War. While there, she adopted the white-outline woodblock style favored by Provincetown artists, creating prints of Parisian street life and cafes. She returned to France in the late 1920s. From the time of their meeting at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Mars and artist Maud Squire became life-long companions, traveling and working together. In Paris, Mars held memberships in both the Salon d’Automne and the Societe des Beaux-Arts. She was elected to the former group and served as a juror, while exhibiting regularly with the group. She and Squire also illustrated children’s books in France. Mars work is in the collection of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Written by Janet Flint, the National Museum of American Art published in 1983, “Provincetown Printers: A Woodcut Tradition” in which Ethel Mars appears. The artist is also discussed in Matthew Marks’ Provincetown Prints, in the September-October 1984 issue of “The Print /Collectors Newsletter”; as well as the Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America since 1850, edited by Penny Dunford for the University of Pennsylvania Press, published in 1989. Ethel Mars died in 1956. Source: Jules and Nancy Heller, “North American Women Artists of the 20th Century”

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  • Creator
    Ethel Mars (1876 - 1959, American)
  • Creation Year
    20th Century
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Gallatin, TN
  • Reference Number
    Seller: GDISPLAY7231stDibs: LU57332145903

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About the Artist

Ethel Mars

Ethel Mars was born in Springfield, IL. She attended Cincinnati Art Academy, meeting fellow artists/printmakers Edna B. Hopkins and Maud Hunt Squire (who later became her lifelong companion). In 1905, Mars and Squire moved to Paris and quickly became active members of the vibrant Parisian art community. They were known to visit Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, and it is said that Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire inspired Stein’s prose “Miss Furr and Miss Skeene.” At the outset of WWI, Mars and Squire left Paris and settled in Provincetown, MA, a magnet for creative minds. Other artists who arrived in Provincetown among them were Blanche Lazzell, B. J. O. Nordfeldt, Ada Gilmore and Mildred McMillen. This was the original group of artists to make white-line woodcut prints, then called Provincetown Prints. This new printmaking technique, which grew out of the traditional Japanese multi-block color woodcut, simplified some of the technical difficulties of registration and printing, allowing the Provincetown group to make blocks and print them in their home settings. At the end of the war, Mars and Squire returned to France, moving south to Vence. Ethel Mars remained in France for the remainder of her life. (Biography provided by The Old Print Shop, Inc.)
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