Gretchen Rogers (1881-1967)

Gretchen Rogers (1881-1967)

“Originality without eccentricity, an instinctive good taste, excellent drawing and pleasant color, are the conspicuous and emphatic merits of the paintings by Gretchen W. Rogers…Her progress in these respects has been very marked and steady, so that it is felt this exhibition comes at an auspicious period in her development, illustrating the direction in which her talent is tending, and the already gratifying achievement of her career.”

                                                --“Miss Rogers’s Paintings,” Boston Evening Transcript, April 24, 1917

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Born in Boston in 1881, Gretchen Rogers attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts from 1900 to 1907, studying under Edmund Tarbell, and received a number of awards during her time there. In 1909, she took over Lilian Westcott Hale’s studio space at the Fenway Studios building in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and began producing portraits and figural work, as well as landscapes and still lifes. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where Rogers exhibited as early as 1911, counts a Rogers still life among its holdings as well as her self-portrait, Woman in a Fur Hat, which was awarded the silver medal at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Rogers also took part in annual exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a founding member of the Guild of Boston Artists, with solo shows in 1917 and 1928.  Rogers left the Fenway Studios building in 1932 and, mysteriously, did not produce any known work after that time.

References: Vose Galleries of Boston 1998 exhibition catalogue, Mary Bradish Titcomb and her Contemporaries: The Artists of the Fenway Studios, 1905-1939; Erica E. Hirshler, A Studio of Her Own, Women Artists in Boston, 1870-1940 (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts), 2001. 

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