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Interlude, circa 1925
Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944)

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Oil on canvas
30 x 36 1/8 inches
Signature Details: ANNE GOLDTHWAITE
Status: Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina

One of the pioneering American women artists of the early twentieth century, Anne Goldthwaite was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Her parents died when she was a young woman and, in 1898, she left Alabama to pursue a professional career as an artist in New York City. Goldthwaite studied at the National Academy of Design for six years before traveling abroad in 1906 for further training in Paris. There, she became acquainted with the avant-garde circle of Gertrude Stein and the artists of the burgeoning fauve and cubist movements. With a group of associates, she helped form the Académie Moderne and sought instruction from the artist Charles Guérin, a pupil of Cezanne's.

Goldthwaite returned to America in 1913, reestablished herself in New York, and exhibited that year in the legendary Armory Show. Within a few years, she was widely recognized for her paintings and prints of figures, landscapes, genre scenes, and still lifes--all executed in an expressive, fauve-influenced style that explored both modern and traditional representations. Goldthwaite exhibited prominently for the next several decades and taught at the Art Students League from 1922 to 1945. An avowed and genteel Southerner, Goldthwaite spent each summer in Alabama, where she produced her most sought-after figure scenes and landscapes.

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