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Greta Allen
West Gouldsboro (Looking Across Mt. Desert Narrows)

1945-1955

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West Gouldsboro (Looking Across Mt. Desert Narrows) Watercolor on paper, c. 1945-1955 Unsigned Provenance: Estate of the Artist Condition: Excellent Image/Sheet size: 9 7/8 x 12 1/2 inches Regarding the Maine subject matter of her watercolors, we know that Allen taught art in West Gouldsboro, ME, located near Arcadia National Forest. This watercolor was most probably done in that vicinity. A local Maine newsletter mentions “the artist Greta Allen’s house” as artist residing in West Gouldsboro, Maine in a house formerly owned by James Hill. West Gouldsboro is located just east of the Mt. Desert Narrows, across Frenchman Bay from Mt. Desert Island and Arcadia National Park. Please see attached images for detailed information about the artist's life and time in Maine. Greta Allen, who is sometimes listed under her married name Dietz, was born in Boston in 1881. At the Massachusetts Normal Art School she took elementary lessons from Joseph R. DeCamp, then Frank Benson was her teacher at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Although her work seems to be only in private collections today, Allen exhibited at the Boston Art Club, at the Copley Society and at the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts between 1897 and 1927. Her Portrait of a Boy was featured at the Pennsylvania Academy's annual exhibition of 1918. Greta Allen, who is sometimes listed under her married name Dietz, was born in Boston in 1881. At the Massachusetts Normal Art School she took elementary lessons from Joseph R. DeCamp, then Frank Benson was her teacher at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Although her work seems to be only in private collections today, Allen exhibited at the Boston Art Club, at the Copley Society and at the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts between 1897 and 1927. Her Portrait of a Boy was featured at the Pennsylvania Academy's annual exhibition of 1918. Two works by Allen are in the Louise and Allan Sellars Collection (See Art by American Women: Selections from the Collection of Louise and Allan Sellars. Exh. cat. Gainesville, GA: Brenau College, 1991, p. 15). Written and submitted by Michael Preston Worley, Ph.D. (Courtesy of askART)
  • Creator:
    Greta Allen (1881 - 1921, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1945-1955
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 9.88 in (25.1 cm)Width: 12.5 in (31.75 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Fairlawn, OH
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: FA65631stDibs: LU14013473932
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