Painter M.S. Pearson contracted polio as a young woman during a European trip, and lived as a paraplegic for the rest of her long life. She won so much respect as an artist that her disability proved to be incidental to her career.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1898, Pearson attended the Boston Museum Art School, studying under William James and Frederick Bosley. She began work as a magazine and newspaper illustrator. She held her first one woman show in 1922 and soon became a successful full time painter.
Pearson studied figure painting with Edmund C. Tarbell and landscape painting with Aldro T. Hibbard, who influenced her strongly. In addition to concentrated study with several other artists, she belonged to a long roster of arts and artists' groups.
Though her subject matter was varied, encompassing portraits, landscapes, still lifes and interior scenes, her style was coherent and assured. The balance of her compositions and the precision of her observation were enlivened by her obvious enjoyment of her craft and her sensitivity to her subjects.
Allied Artists Association
American Artists Professional League
Art Club of Washington
North Shore Artists Associations
Philadelphia Artists Associations
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Corcoran Biennial, Washington, D.C.
National Academy of Design
Connecticut Academy, Portraits, Inc., New York
Biography courtesy of Roughton Galleries, www.antiquesandfineart.com/roughton
Marguerite Pearson studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and worked privately with Edmund Tarbell from 1922-27. She also studied with several teachers in design, landscape and illustration. She became best well known for her floral still lifes and interiors with figures. Pearson had been confined to a wheelchair since contracting polio in her teen years. Pearson worked as a magazine and news illustrator before turning to painting full time in 1922. By the mid-40's Pearson became quite financially successful and her works were reproduced as prints. Beside her intense studies, Pearson belonged to many arts and artists groups. In 1941 she moved to Rockport MA, which she had been visiting in the summer sine 1920. Her popularity was sustained by continual positive criticism and she was in great demand as a teacher and juror. Pearson's balanced composition and precise observation makes her work enduring with life and light.
Biography courtesy of The Caldwell Gallery, www.antiquesandfineart.com/caldwell