Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Marie Blanke

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
MacDowell Fellowships: 1926
Marie Blanke (1879-1961) was an American painter. A relatively well-known artist in Chicago in the early 20th century, Blanke was a painter of landscapes and still life and a popular teacher of design classes at Lewis Institute. Her father was a Superior Court Judge. She graduated from Lake View High School and then attended the Art Institute of Chicago, having earned a scholarship from the Chicago Women's Club. She studied with artist and illustrator Frederick Richardson, whom she revered and cited as a major influence in her professional career, according to an in-depth profile written many years later by Ben Hecht for the Chicago Daily News. She also studied in London, England, Munich, and Worpswede, Germany, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.



Marie Blanke worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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