Tours at Two: Elizabeth Nourse (part 2)

  • Elizabeth Nourse was able to move to Paris with her sister in 1887 after more than 10 years of saving money through the sale of her paintings.
  • She began studying at the Académie Julian once she arrived in Paris, but after 3 months, her instructors, impressed by her talent, encouraged her to leave and begin her professional career.  Almost immediately, she found acceptance to the Paris Salon with a painting of a mother and child, which became a dominant theme in her work.
  • Nourse found support and encouragement through various organizations for women artists in turn-of-the-century Paris.
  • By the time Nourse painted “Mère et bébé” (which translates to “Mother and Child”) around 1912, she was both respected in the Paris art community and popular with American collectors.
  • When World War I broke out in Europe just a couple of years after she completed “Mère et bébé,” Nourse and her sister remained in Paris, collecting food and supplies for injured soldiers and their families.s
Posted by Kristen Rambo at 2:00 PM
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