Published: February 11, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – On Thursday, February 20, John Pence Gallery will present “Minerva J. Chapman: Selections from the Estate.” The exhibition, which includes more than 30 paintings from her estate, will continue through March 22.
Chapman (1858-1947), was born and raised in upstate New York and then Chicago. Like many artists of her day, she chose to migrate to where the action was, living and working in Paris from 1890 to 1915. She was among the finest artists in Paris at the time, garnering many awards and exhibiting at the most prestigious salons. She was heralded by her fellow artists as a leading lady in the Paris art scene. In her later years, she worked, lived and exhibited widely in Palo Alto, Calif., on the Stanford campus, from 1925 until her death in 1947.
As a result, she became equally adept at all forms of painting, including florals, figures, still lifes, interiors, landscapes and portraits.
Her works were generally smaller in size and intimate in nature. She excelled at an art form prevalent in her era: the pochade. Pochades were done on site and covered a big subject in a small format – generally four by six inches or smaller. In addition, she was a founding member and frequent exhibitors with the Miniature Painting Society.
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