Mary Shepard Greene

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Mary Shepard Greene
Born (1869-09-26)September 26, 1869
New York City, New York, United States
Died May 24, 1958(1958-05-24) (aged 88)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nationality American
Education Raphaël Collin
Movement Taos Society of Artists
Spouse(s) Ernest L. Blumenschein

Mary Shepard Greene Blumenschein (1869–1958) was an American artist, illustrator and jewelry designer.[1]


Mary Shepard Greene was born in New York City, the second child of Rufus, a wealthy businessman from Providence, and Mary Isabel Shepard Greene.[2] She studied at the Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn and then at the Pratt Institute. When she was only 17 years of age, she left for Paris in 1886 where she worked with Raphaël Collin, an artist best known for establishing links with well-known artists working in Japan.

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Mary Shepard Greene Bluemenschein - The Princess and the Frog - Google Art Project

She entered the Salon d'Automne (Autumn Salon) in 1900 and was awarded a 3rd class honor. In 1900, she became the second woman artist (after Mary Cassatt) to win the Gold Medal.[3] From 1906 to 1946 she exhibited her paintings at the National Academy of Design.[4]

In Paris in 1905, she met and married Ernest L. Blumenschein, also an artist. They moved back to New York in 1909 for the birth of their daughter, Helen. While there, they taught at Pratt and did work for various magazines such as McClure’s, American and Century.[5]

Her husband discovered Taos, New Mexico after an accident stranded him there in 1898. While he made annual summer trips there Mary stayed in New York.[6] After the sale of a house she had inherited made them financially independent, the Blumenscheins moved to Taos in 1919, eventually becoming part of the Taos Society of Artists. Mary's painting Acoma Legend was included in the "American Art Today" exhibition at the 1939 New York World's Fair.[7]

In the 1920s Mary returned to the Pratt Institute to study jewelry making. Her jewelry was exhibited in 1956 at the Museum of International Folk Art.[8]


  1. ^ "Mary Greene Blumenschein (1869-1958)". Fine Art Dealers Association. 
  2. ^ Larson, Robert (2013). Ernest L. Blumenschein : The Life of an American Artist. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 140. ISBN 9780806143347. 
  3. ^ "Mabel Dodge Luhan and Early Women Artists of Taos, part one". The Mabel Dodge Luhan House. 
  4. ^ Shipp, Steve (1996). American Art Colonies, 1850-1930. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 113. ISBN 0313296197. 
  5. ^ "Ernest Blumenschein papers, 1873-1964". Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution. 
  6. ^ "In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein". Phoenix Art Museum. 
  7. ^ Porter, Dean (1999). Taos Artists and Their Patrons 1898-1950. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico. p. 367. ISBN 0826321097. 
  8. ^ Dearinger, David B. (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collections of the National Academy of Design Volume I, 1926-1925. New York: Hudson Hills. p. 53. ISBN 1555950299. 

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