Margarete Garvin Gillin

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'Ōhi'a 'ai attributed to Margaret Girvin Gillin

Margarete Garvin Gillin (1833-1915) was a painter of portraits and still lifes born in Brantford, Ontario. She studied painting in France, and moved to California in 1869, where she continued her studies at the San Francisco at the School of Design. In 1880, she moved to Hilo, Hawaii, but traveled to Hawaii's other islands to paint commissioned portraits. She returned to California in 1884, but made several more visits to Hawaii. She died in California in 1915.[1]

Gillin is best known for her simple, elegant and direct still lifes.[2] The Bishop Museum (Honolulu) and the Honolulu Museum of Art are among the public collections holding her works.[3]


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  2. ^ Forbes, David W., Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1992, p. 171
  3. ^ Margarete Garvin Gillin in