Lucy May Stanton
Chester French Gallery
Mary Ogden Abbot Gallery
May Stanton [1875-1931] earned her living as an artist, painting
miniature portraits on ivory. For herself, she chose to paint
oils, pastels and watercolors --portraits, landscapes and flowers.
Recently, her work has been included in the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston, A Studio of her Own , the Guild of Boston
Artists, A Woman's Perspective  and the Georgia
Museum of Art, The Art of Lucy May Stanton .
Concord Art Association is pleased to include in this exhibit
work owned by Stanton's extended family, some of which has never
been shown. Stanton represents an important part of the Art
Association's history, having won the 1923 Medal of Honor for
the miniature Uncle George, and having participated in
many exhibits throughout the 1920's. She joined many prominent
artists, including Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, Daniel Chester
French and Gretchen Rogers, in providing the artistic vision
for the Art Association in its early years.
New York Times, January 25, 1933, wrote that Stanton is
"a brilliant spokesman for the anti-academic camp. With
an emphasis on looser, freer values, she helped modern miniature
painting out of its long bondage to the hard, immaculate smoothness
that once seemed a veritable sine qua non." She influenced
many painters of her day, capturing the personality of her sitters
and experimenting with techniques that revolutionized miniature
painting. The Boston Evening Transcript considered Stanton the
only Southern member of The Boston Group. William Howe Downes
wrote, "[h]er drawing is extraordinary for its expressiveness
and significance, her color is delightful and though not so
deliberately decorative as Miss Laura C. Hills's, yet it has
more variety and refinement of nuance, more subtle harmony in
the sober schemes, more rarity in tone."