Margaret Jordan Patterson (1867 - 1950)
Watercolor on paper
14 x 10 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: Margaret J. Patterson / 1939
Newman Galleries, Philadelphia
Private Collection, Massachusetts
Margaret Jordan Patterson was born in Java in 1897, though she grew up in Massachusetts. She studied painting at the Pratt Institute in New York with Arthur Wesley Dow, and continued her studies with Charles Woodbury in Boston. Patterson later became Woodbury’s teaching assistant and eventually had her own summer school in Monhegan, Maine.
By 1909 Patterson was assistant director of drawing for Boston public schools and was appointed director by 1912. She exhibited widely, including at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, and in Boston was frequently represented at Doll and Richards Gallery and Goodspeed’s Gallery.
Patterson developed a Japanese aesthetic of flattened form paired with a heightened palette, as seen in the present work of zinnias.