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Artist Biography


Mariquita Gill was born to captain Gill and his wife on one of his long sub-tropical voyages to Montevideo, Uruguay. Mariquita first studied art with esteemed Boston color theorist Ross Sterling Turner (1847-1915), and painted some admirable watercolors of Gloucester, Massachusetts. She later studied at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1881, at the age of twenty, Gill embarked on a twelve-year tour of Europe accompanied by her mother. In Paris they took an apartment on the Faubourg St. Honoré in a building where Boston painter Henry Bacon had his studio, and Mariquita enrolled in the Académie Julian. At the Julian, Gill spent many laborious hours drawing from a live model. A landscapist at heart, Gill escaped to the countryside whenever she could, seeking out the flourishing artists colonies of Italy and France. Gill painted in Venice, Florence, Capri, Grez, Aix les Bains and especially Giverny.

According to respected art critic William Howe Downes, the intrepid young artist found what she had been seeking when she attended exhibitions of works by Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. According to Downes, “Monet’s exhibition had aroused her enthusiasm, but Pissarro’s paintings were a revelation.”

By the mid 1890s, Gill specialized in painting floral subjects and was renowned within the circle of American artists for her garden. Theodore Robinson painted many of his works there. Gill and her mother left Giverny in 1897, settling in Scituate, Massachusetts - where there was a small colony of artists including Thomas Meteyard – and later in Salem, Massachusetts. She began to exhibit actively throughout her career at the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy, the Society of American Artists and was in a joint exhibition with W. Lester Stevens at the Copley Society in Boston. She continued her love of travel, visiting Bermuda and New Mexico, where she was inspired by the strong light and color of the southwest.

References:
Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Madison, CT: Soundview Press, 1999)
Chris Petteys Dictionary of Women Artists: an international dictionary of women artists born before 1900 (Boston, MA: G.K. Hall & Co., 1985)
Nancy Allyn Jarzombek, Boston Art Club: 1855-1950 (2000)
Lois Marie Fink, American Art at the Paris Salons (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
Robert Preato and Sandra Langer, Impressionism & Post-Impressionism; Transformations 1885-1955 (Grand Central Art Galleries, 1988)