Mary Louise Fairchild

Mont Saint Michel - Mary Louise Fairchild Female Impressionst Normandy Giverny Claude Monet
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Style: Impressionist
Oil on canvas
Signature : lower left
Size : 30"H x 41"W
circa 1904

This painting might have been done during an extreme powerful storm that occurred in

1904. Mont saint Michel in the background is a granite Island surrounded by salt

marshes. The tides can vary at 46 feet between high and low tide. The blur of elemental

forces are rendered more tragically in that impressionist painting.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Mary Fairchild was a painter of both light-filled and

tonalist figure, portraits, and landscapes, and won numerous awards and recognition

including membership in the National Academy of Design.

She was of "blue-blood" lineage as a descendant of Governor William Bradford of the

"Mayflower." When her parents moved her to St. Louis, she began art study at the St.

Louis School of Fine Art, and then she studied in Paris at the Academy Julian and with

Carolus Duran.

In 1888, she married sculptor Frederick MacMonnies, and they lived and entertained

fashionably in Paris where among their frequent guests was James McNeill Whistler. The

couple summered with their two daughters in a 14th-century monastery in Giverny where

they became good friends with Claude Monet and his family. A next door neighbor was

Isadora Duncan, who danced nude in her garden.

Both she and her husband earned high recognition at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. She

had a large mural, displayed opposite one by Mary Cassatt, and two paintings, and her

husband's large fountain was the central feature of the exhibition.

Mère et ses enfants - Mary Louise Fairchild
Style: Impressionist
Oil on canvas
Signature : lower right
Size : 29 "H x 39 "W