Gertrude Nason (1890-1968)

Gertrude Nason (1890-1968). Oil on canvas measures 18 x 22 inches. Unframed. Magnificent hand carved frame with original surface treatment intact. The piece is in all-original condition with a light stretcher impression make in canvas. No damage or restoration. Signed lower left. 



Birth place: Everett, MA

Death place: NYC

Addresses: Boston/NYC/Lyme, CT

Profession: Painter, teacher

Studied: Mass. Sch. Art with Joseph D. Camp; BMFA Sch. with Edmund Tarbell.

Exhibited: S. Indp. A., 1917; Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1919-32 (3 times); PAFA Ann., 1921,1927, 1932; AFA traveling exh., 1933; NAD, 1933, 1935; CAM, 1934; Dayton AI, 1946; Lyme Art Gal.; PBC, 1932 (prize), 1935 (prize), 1938 (prize), 1941 (prize), 1945 (prize),1948 (prize), 1950 (prize), 1952 (prize), 1956 (prize), 1964 (prize), 1965 (prize); NAWA, 1939 (prize), 1945 (prize), 1960 (prize); Riverside Mus., 1942, 1944, 1946, 1951, 1953, 1956; All. Artists Am., 1942; Am.-British AC, 1943; Lyman Allyn Mus., 1945; Copley Soc., Boston, 1945; BMFA, 1951.

Member: NAWA; Creative AA; NY Soc. Women Artists; PBC; Lyme AA; Brooklyn Soc. Mod. Art; CAFA; North Shore AA

Work: BMFA

Comments: She was married to artist William H. Donohue. Positions: superviser of art, Billerica & Burlington school systems, until 1927. Marlor gives date of death of 1965.

Sources: WW66; WW47; Falk, Exh. Record Series; Marlor, Soc. Indep. Artists.

Born in Everett, Massachusetts, Gertrude Nason grew up in a cultured home of fine art.  She attended Massachusetts Normal Art School and studied with Vesper George and Joseph DeCamp.  In 1912, she enrolled in the Boston Museum School and took figure painting from Edmund Tarbell.  She then established her studio in Boston and became an art supervisor for school systems until 1927.

She married artist William Donohue, and painted half the year in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and the remaining half in New York City.  She exhibited widely including the Old Lyme Academy and the Pennsylvania and Connecticut Academies of Fine Arts.  Her early work reveals experimentation with modernist painting.