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Grace Hartigan Portrait

Grace Hartigan

Born:
Newark, New Jersey 1922

Died:
Timonium, Maryland 2008

Active in:

  • Baltimore, Maryland

Photo Caption:
Photograph by Duane Suter. Courtesy Grace Hartigan.

Luce Artist Quote

"I don't see how anyone can paint just landscape. The proper subject of man is man." Hartigan, quoted in Mattison, Grace Hartigan: A Painters World, 1990


Luce Artist Biography

Grace Hartigan grew up in New Jersey, where she married the boy next door after graduating from high school. She saw the 1935 film Call of the Wild and decided on a whim to move to Alaska with her new husband. They ended up penniless in Los Angeles, however, and Hartigan returned to the East Coast pregnant and alone. In 1948 she was mesmerized and fascinated by a Jackson Pollock exhibition and lived briefly on Long Island with the artist and his wife. She worked odd jobs in New York through the 1950s to pay for paint, and frequently visited the old-master galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, absorbing images of nudes, demons, gods, heroes [and] saints. In 1959, Hartigan married Dr. Winston Price and moved with him to Baltimore, where she worked in a large studio in Fells Point for decades. (Mattison, Grace Hartigan: A Painters World, 1990)