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Blue Hydrangeas

34 x 40 in. (86.4 x 101.6 cm)

Alice Worthington Ball
American (Boston, MA, 1869 - 1929, Gloucester, MA)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: 1922.37
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Location: Not currently on view

Alice Worthington Ball studied in Paris and lived variously in Boston, Baltimore, and Gloucester. In 1910, the Christian Science Monitor offered her this early if somewhat backhanded praise: “Miss Ball has mastered the craft and paints like a man.” Four years later, the Boston Evening Transcript was more specific: “Miss Ball is not a timid painter. She wields an emphatic brush.” At the conclusion of her one-person exhibition at MAG in April 1922, she presented this large, harmonious canvas as a gift.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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Artist's signature, lower right: A Worthington Ball

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