Marguerite Pearson

(1898-1978)

Marguerite Pearson studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and worked privately with Edmund Tarbell from 1922-27. She also studied with several teachers in design, landscape and illustration. She became best well known for her floral still lifes and interiors with figures. Pearson had been confined to a wheelchair since contracting polio in her teen years. Pearson worked as a magazine and news illustrator before turning to painting full time in 1922. By the mid-40's Pearson became quite financially successful and her works were reproduced as prints. Beside her intense studies, Pearson belonged to many arts and artists groups. In 1941 she moved to Rockport MA, which she had been visiting in the summer sine 1920. Her popularity was sustained by continual positive criticism and she was in great demand as a teacher and juror. Pearson's balanced composition and precise observation makes her work enduring with life and light.