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Polly Thayer (Starr) (American, b. 1904)
Gladiola with Bee, ca. 1985
Pastel on black paper
26 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches
Courtesy of Vose Galleries of Boston

Polly Thayer (Starr), the only living artist represented in the exhibition A Studio of Her Own: Boston Women Artists 1870–1940 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, last fall was concurrently included in Vose Galleries’ first showing of a contemporary artist in nearly forty years. Remarkably, Thayer exhibited at Vose more than a half century ago during her mid-career and has since created some of her most compelling works—“truthful,” detailed oil compositions and nature studies. The recent Vose exhibition Poetry of Hand and Spirit encompassed the varied styles of Thayer’s artistic development over seven decades.

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