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Eaton, Marjorie

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role Artist Collector
dates 1901-1986
city Hollywood
other citiesSan Francisco; Oakland, CA; Paris; Taos, NM; New York
sex F
historical notes A multifaceted artist born 1901 in Oakland, California, Marjorie Eaton’s career spanned the realms of painting, acting, and film. Her early life was marked by a deep affinity for the arts, nurtured by her classical pianist mother and her schooling at Miss Burke's School. As she grew older, Marjorie's talent as a painter blossomed, and she honed her skills through studies in California, Italy, and Paris. Under the guidance of acclaimed artists like Andre Lhote and Galka Scheyer, she developed a unique style, characterized by Cubism and Impressionism.

In 1930, Marjorie’s travels led her to Taos, New Mexico, where she found her muse in the landscape and the people, particularly Juan Mirabal of the Taos Pueblo. Her time in Taos marked a pivotal moment in her career, as she not only created iconic paintings but also captured the essence of Native American life through her photography. Returning to California, Marjorie held an exhibition in 1932 that showcased her work from Paris and Taos.

Marjorie was also involved in art communities and collaborations with renowned figures like Louise Nevelson, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. She lived in an art colony established by her stepmother in Palo Alto, designed and built her own adobe home with the famous architect Gregory Ain, and studied painting with Hans Hofmann at the Art Students League of New York.
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Scheyer, Galka E.
Maitland, Ruth