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Myrtle Jean McLane American  1878 - 1964
Italian Peasant Girls
Oil on Canvas
35 x 33 inches, sight
Category: Paintings - American
Era: 20th Century
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Late Summer 2005
Jean McLane (MacLane) (1878-1964), Italian Peasant Girls. Oil on canvas, 35 x 33 inches. Signed and dated on verso. Also note from family. Exhibited: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art's One Hundred and Twenty Second Annual Exhibition, 1927; Detriot, Detriot Institute of Arts, Annual Exhibition of Art; Lynchburg, Virginia, Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Illustrated Jean MacLane (1878-1964) Monologue, Balogh Gallery, Fredericj Platt. Provenance: Private collection, Virginia Beach, VA.

M. Jean McLane (1878-1964)
Jean McLane was born on September 14, 1878 in Chicago and died on January 23, 1964 in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her first studies were with John Vanderpoel at the Art Institute of Chicago. She later studied with Frank Duveneck in Cincinnati, Ohio. MacLane later moved to New York to study with William Merritt Chase. Chase was the first to purchase a painting of her early works.

McLane and her husband, artist John C. Johansen (1876-1964) help found the National Foundation of Portrait Painters in 1912. In that same year, she was invited by a group of philanthropists to depict the Allied Leaders from W.W. I. McLane provided the only female subject, Queen Elisabeth of Belgians. This painting now hangs in the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. Also in 1912, she was elected associate member of the National Academy of Design and a full academician in 1926.

McLane became noted for her portraits of women and children. In 1931, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her portrait of actor William Gillette hangs at the Academy.

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