M. Jean McLane

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M. Jean McLane
Born Myrtle Jean McLane
(1878-09-14)September 14, 1878
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 23, 1964(1964-01-23) (aged 85)
Stamford, Connecticut
Nationality American
Education School of the Art Institute of Chicago and other places in the U.S. and Europe
Known for Portraits
Spouse(s) John Christen Johansen

M. Jean McLane, born Myrtyle Jean MacLane (September 14, 1878 – January 23, 1964), was an American portraitist. Her works were exhibited and won awards in the United States and in Europe. She made portrait paintings of women and children. McLane also made portrait paintings of a Greek and Australian Premiers and Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians.

Personal life[edit]

Jean McLane, Tea Time, 1905
M. Jean McLane, Venetian Well, 1907
M. Jean McLane, Girl in Green, by 1912
Jean McLane, Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians, 1921, Smithsonian Institution Art Museum
Jean McLane, Heading for Bath, 1921

Myrtle Jean McLane born in Chicago, Illinois on September 14, 1878.[1]

While a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she met John Christen Johansen and later became his wife.[2] She then had a studio and lived in New York.[3] They had a son John and daughter Margaret.[4] The family spent their summers at Weyborne Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and sometimes traveled to Europe. Their winters were spent in Greenwich Village.[5]

She died in Stamford, Connecticut; Her residence at the time was in New Canaan, Connecticut.[6]

Education[edit]

She first studied with John Vanderpoel at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago[7] and later in Cincinnati under Frank Duveneck[7] and in New York City under William M. Chase.[7]

McLane also studied in Italy, Spain and France.[8]

Career[edit]

Johansen and McLane helped to found the National Foundation of Portrait Painters in 1912. Asked by a group of philanthropists to help depict the Allied Leaders from World War I[2] she provided the only female subject, Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians,[9] This painting today is exhibited in the National Museum of American Art.[10]

In 1912, she was elected an associate to the National Academy of Design and a full academician in 1926.[7] She was a member of the National Society of Portrait Painters.[1]

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts included her painting "Portrait of Virginia and Stanton Arnold" which was awarded the Lippincott prize in an exhibition from February 8 to March 29, 1914.[11] Her painting "Portrait Mrs. Edmund D. Libby" was included in the Fourth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists[12] and "The Baby" was included in the Fifth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists held at the Detroit Museum of Art April 16 to May 31, 1919.[13]

She made portraits of Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians, Premier Hughes of Australia, and Premier Eleftherios Venizelos.[14] She and her husband were among artists who were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery committee to create portraits of World War I soldiers and statemen. Another woman artist was Cecilia Beaux. The exhibition of 20 portraits, including Johansen's Signing the Peace Treaty, June 28, 1919, circulated among American cities.[15]

Her works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art[16] and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[17]

Awards[edit]

She received the following awards:[1]

  • 1904 - Bronze medal, St. Louis Universal Exposition
  • 1907 - First prize, International League, Paris
  • 1907 - Elling Prize, New York Woman's Art Club
  • 1908 - First prize, International League, Paris
  • 1908 - Burgess Prize, New York Woman's Art Club
  • 1910 - Silver medal, International Exposition, Buenos Aires
  • 1912 - Julia A. Shaw Prize, National Academy of Design
  • 1913 - Third Hallgarten Prize, National Academy of Design
  • 1914 - Walter Lippincott Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Works[edit]

Some of McLane's works are:

  • Autumn breeze, by 1911[18]
  • Autumnae[19]
  • Boy with kite, by 1911[18]
  • Brother and sister, 1913[20]
  • Elizabeth Buehrmann, 1900s-1910s, Metrpolitan Museum of Art[16]
  • Girl in Gray, Art Museum of Toledo[20]
  • Girl in Green, 1912[20]
  • Johansen Girl, 1930[19]
  • Italian mother and babe, by 1911[18]
  • Italian nurse and child, by 1911[18]
  • Laughing mother and babe, by 1911[18]
  • Margaret and Her Brother, 1917[19]
  • Markle Children[19]
  • Master Haussenier, Jr, 1913[19]
  • Morning, 1925[19]
  • Mother and babe, autumn, by 1911[18]
  • Mother and babe, springtime, by 1911[18]
  • Mr. Johansen, 1926[19]
  • Mrs. Fanny E. Davies, 1934[19]
  • Mrs. Henry Hammond and daughter, 1912[20]
  • Mrs. Mackey, 1912[19]
  • Mrs. Tracy Voughts[19]
  • Mrs. Walbridge[19]
  • On a Hill Top, 1908[20]
  • Portrait of Baby Gilbert Barton, by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Baby Gilbert Barton, by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Baby Margaret Johansen, by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Master Filo H., by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Miss Margaret Rhodes, by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Miss Ruth K., by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Mrs. Enos M. Barton, by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Mrs. Finley D. Cook, by 1911[18]
  • Portrait of Mrs. R. G. Arnold and children, by 1911[18]
  • Rev. G.A. Studdart Kennedy, 1924[19]
  • Sweet peas, by 1911[18]
  • Tennis Days, 1932[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c City Art Museum of St. Louis (1914). Special Exhibition Catalogue. p. 53. 
  2. ^ a b The American Magazine of Art, vol 10. American Federation of Arts. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  3. ^ Art and Progress. American Federation of Arts. 1912. p. 612. 
  4. ^ Jean and John Johansen, New York. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  5. ^ "In Memorium: Margaret Johansen Worthington." iBerkshires. December 21, 2000. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Jean Johansen, died January 23, 1964. Connecticut Department of Health. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001. Hartford, CT, USA.
  7. ^ a b c d Paintings by John C. Johansen and M. Jean McLane January 3 to 23, 1911 retrieved May 24, 2009
  8. ^ Arthur Hoeber (1914). Famous American Women Painters. Mentor association. p. 20. 
  9. ^ The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York, NY), 1921. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  10. ^ Report on the National Gallery of Art, Including the Freer Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art (U.S.), U.S. Government Printing Office, 1921. retrieved May 24, 2009
  11. ^ American Art Directory. American Federation of Arts, R.R. Bowker Company, 1914. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  12. ^ Catalogue of the Fourth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  13. ^ Catalogue of the Fifth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  14. ^ The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum. 1921. p. 3. 
  15. ^ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1918). Boston Museum Bulletin. Museum of Fine Arts. p. 46. 
  16. ^ a b Elizabeth Buehrmann, by M. Jean McLane. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  17. ^ M. Jean McLane. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Art Institute of Chicago; John Christen Johansen; Jean MacLane (1911). Paintings by John C. Johansen and M. Jean McLane: January 3 to 22, 1911. Art Institute of Chicago. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Search: Jean McLane. Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  20. ^ a b c d e Frank Moore Colby; Talcott Williams; Irwin Scofield Guernsey (1922). The New international encyclopaedia. Dodd, Mead and company. p. 713. 

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External links[edit]

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