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Loren MacIver

MacIver (1909–1998) began painting at age 10, with her only formal training lasting a year. Although she continued painting, she never expected to follow a career as an artist. She later worked on the Federal Art Project and Works Progress Administration, a new deal project providing jobs to the unemployed during the Great Depression. During this time, her reputation grew and she received commissions to paint murals for shipping lines and magazine covers. After her first trip to Europe in 1948, Maclver painted with increasingly brilliant colors. Her recurrent interest in nature have been the principal themes of Maclver’s art, which has ranged stylistically from extreme realism to highly abstract designs.

In 1935, the Museum of Modern Art purchased her painting, making her the first woman artist to be represented in MoMA’s permanent collection.

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