M. Jean McLane

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Myrtle Jean McLane sometimes styled Jean MacLane (September 14, 1878 – January 23, 1964) was an American portraitist, born in Chicago, Illinois, and died in New Canaan, Connecticut.

She first studied with John Vanderpoel at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago[1] and later in Cincinnati under Frank Duveneck[1] and in New York City under William M. Chase.[1] In 1912, she was elected an associate to the National Academy of Design and a full academician in 1926. She was awarded a bronze medal at Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904; Burgess prize, New York Woman's Art Club, 1909; silver medal, Grand Prix Exposition, Buenos Aires, 1910.[1] While a student at the Art Institute she met John Christen Johansen and later became his wife. Together they 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,[3] This painting today is exhibited in the National Museum of American Art.[4]

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.[5] Her painting "Portrait Mrs. Edmund D. Libby" was included in the Fourth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists[6] 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.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d Paintings by John C. Johansen and M. Jean McLane January 3 to 23, 1911 retrieved May 24, 2009
  2. ^ The American Magazine of Art, vol 10. American Federation of Arts. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  3. ^ The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York, NY), 1921. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ American Art Directory. American Federation of Arts, R.R. Bowker Company, 1914. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  6. ^ Catalogue of the Fourth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Retrieved May 24, 2009
  7. ^ Catalogue of the Fifth Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists. Retrieved May 24, 2009

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