Marcella Comès Winslow
|Marcella Comès Winslow|
|Born||Marcella Rodange Comès
|Died||July 6, 2000|
|Education||Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts|
|Known for||Photographer and portrait painter|
|Notable work||Official portrait painter of the United States Poet Laureate; held literary salons in her home in Georgetown|
|Spouse(s)||William Randolph Winslow|
|Elected||President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Artists Equity Association; Vice President for the organizations' national association. Member of the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Women's Commission|
Marcella Comès Winslow (1905-July 6, 2000) (also known as Marcella Rodange Comès) was an American photographer and portrait painter. She was the official portrait painter of the United States Poet Laureate.
Life and education
Marcella Comès was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of architect John T. Comès. She attended the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts. She also trained in Europe. She lived in Washington, D.C. and was active in the art scene. She was married to William Randolph Winslow who was a Colonel in the United States Military. He served in World War II and Comès raised their two children in Washington while he was stationed in England. Their home in Georgetown was a salon space frequented by literary figures of the time. Colonel Winslow died of pneumonia while serving in 1945. Comès died on July 6, 2000. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery alongside her husband.
Comès was the official portrait painter of the United States Poet Laureate. As official portrait painter, she painted portraits of Allen Tate, Elizabeth Bishop, Karl Shapiro, and Léonie Adams. She also painted portraits of Robert Lowell, Katherine Garrison Chapin, Ezra Pound, Saint-John Perse, Caroline Gordon, Walter de la Mare, John Rothenstein, Denis Devlin, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Richard Eberhart, Robert Frost, Katherine Anne Porter, Anne Goodwin Winslow, Mark Van Doren, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Walter Jackson Bate, John Huston Finley, Harry Tuchman Levin, and Cornelius Weygandt.
She served as president of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Artists Equity Association and was vice president for the organizations' national association. She was involved as a member of the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Women's Commission.
- Winslow, Marcella Comès. Brushes With the Literary: Letters of a Washington Artist 1943-1959. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press (1993). ISBN 0807117617
- Darlene Harbour Unrue (13 May 2010). Katherine Anne Porter Remembered. University of Alabama Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-8173-1667-9. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
- "William Randolph Winslow". Arlington National Cemetery Website. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Marcella Comès (Winslow) papers, 1915-1982, and undated". Research collections. Archives of American Art. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Devaney, Robert. "House Tour 2012". The Georgetowner. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Walter Jackson Bate". Art. Harvard Art Museums. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "John Huston Finley Jr.". Art. Harvard Art Museums. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Harry Tuchmann Levin (1912-1994)". Art. Harvard Art Museums. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Ezra Loomis Pound". Portrait search. National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Oral history interview with Marcella Comès (Winslow), 1982 May 4 from the Archives of American Art