Born in Philadelphia, Marguerite Pearson had childhood polio that confined her to a wheel chair, but she overcame that condition to have a distinguished career as a painter of exquisite interior scenes, figures and still life.
She studied with William James and Frederick Bosley at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and studied figure painting with Edmund Tarbell. In 1941, she moved to Rockport, Massachusetts where she had been spending her summers. She was an active painter until age 80, and also taught classes in her studio.
Source: Peter Falk, “Who Was Who in American Art”
Born in Philadelphia August 1, 1899, Marguerite Stuber Pearson was the daughter of confectioner, Arthur G. Pearson and his wife Ottelia. Having been stricken with polio in her teens, Marguerite S. Pearson was left a paraplegic who was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but that disadvantage did not deter her early dream to become a respected figure and genre painter.
Not wanting to burden or be overly dependent upon family members or friends, Pearson quickly learned how to manipulate a wheelchair and she did not allow her handicap to alter or ruin her life or career.
Pearson studied at the Fenway School of Illustration (Boston), Boston’s Museum School with Frederick Bosley and William James (1918-1922), took private art lessons from Edmund C. Tarbell (1922-1927) and later studied with Aldro T. Hibbard (landscape painting), Henry Leith-Ross, Henry Hunt Clark, Howard Giles (design), Harold N. Anderson and Chase Emerson (illustration).
She was unmarried and died in her Rockport, MA studio April 2, 1978.
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