"Marie Danforth Page work was included in a groundbreaking exhibition at Vose Galleries in 1917, which featured over fifty women painters and sculptors. I was first introduced to her beautiful paintings back in 2001, when my family and I went to see the exciting new exhibition titled, A Studio of Her Own, curated by Erica E. Hirshler at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The exhibition focused on the careers of women artists in Boston between the years of 1870 and 1940, and the accompanying tome written by Hirshler continues to be a valuable resource for us to this day.
The Girls is an exhibited, museum quality work from 1922, depicting her two adopted daughters, Susan and Margaret. This double portrait, painted most likely in her Marlborough Street home in Boston, not only pays tribute to their interests, but the rich colors and well-designed composition create a tapestry of forms and textures which is truly masterful. Page exhibited the piece at several venues during the early 1920s, including the National Academy of Design’s Winter Exhibition of 1923 where she was awarded the Isidor Medal for achievement in figure painting. In addition to the National Academy, The Girls was shown at Art Institute of Chicago (1922), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1923), the Guild of Boston Artists (1924), the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York (1924), and the Detroit Institute of Arts (1926)." - Carey L. Vose, Gallery Director
 See Hoppen, Martha J. Marie Danforth Page: Back Bay Portraitist, exhibition catalogue (Springfield, MA: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 1979), page 23, catalogue entry 20.
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By descent through the family of the artist
(verso of frame in pencil) 128 Marlboro St.
1). The Art Institute of Chicago / American Paintings and Sculpture / Thirty-Fifth Annual Exhibition – 1922 / Artist: M—(faded) / Address: 128—(faded) / Title: (faded) / Return Address (faded)
2). (stamp) Ex. P.A.F.A.
3). (torn) The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts / One Hundred and Eighteenth Annual Exhibition / (partial stamp 1248?) / (rest of label is missing)
4). Boston Tercentenary / 1930 / Fine Arts Exhibition / Horticultural Hall / Title: The Girls / Artist: Marie Danforth Page / Price: $5000 / Return Address: 128 Marlboro St. / Boston, Mass.
5). (Unidentified old exhibition label, torn)
6). (on frame) S.E. No. (blank) / Museum of Fine Arts / Boston, Massachusetts / Special Loan Exhibition / of / (torn)—The Guild of Boston— / —esent [past and present?]
7). George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts / “The Girls” / TL 79.1.29
8). (inaccessible – covered by Smith label)—Museum of Fine Arts / 49 Chestnut Street, Springfield, Massachusetts / The Girls oil on canvas / 65 x 40 ¼ / Signed lower right / “Marie D. Page” / 1922 / Mrs. Fales, Phoenix
9). Peter Strickland / Phoenix, Arizona / Restored 2/5/1973
1). “Contemporary Art and the National Academy,” The American Magazine of Art, January 1924, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 715-722, illus. p. 717
2). Marie Danforth Page: Back Bay Portraitist, by Martha J. Hoppin, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, June 3 – August 26, 1979, catalogue no. 20, illus. p. 45 (exhibition catalogue)
1). Thirty-Fifth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago, November 2 – December 10, 1922, No. 175 The Girls
2). One Hundred Eighteenth Annual Exhibition, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, February 4 – March 25, 1923, No. 266 The Girls
3). Winter Exhibition, National Academy of Design, November 17 – December 16, 1923, No. 355 The Girls (awarded Isidor Prize)
4). Guild of Boston Artists, 1924 (according to Smith Art Museum exhibition catalogue, 1979)
5). Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1924 (according to Smith Art Museum exhibition catalogue, 1979)
6). Detroit Institute of Arts, 1926 (according to Smith Art Museum exhibition catalogue, 1979)
7). Boston Tercentenary Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Horticultural Hall, July 1930, No. 48 The Girls
8). Marie Danforth Page: Back Bay Portraitist, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, June 3 – August 26, 1979