Pauline Palmer

Artist Biography

An Illinois native, Pauline Lennards Palmer studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later in Paris. During her lifetime she exhibited more than 250 paintings at the Art Institute, which later created a purchase prize in her name. In her 1938 obituary, the New York Times referred to her as “one of the leading women painters in America.” She was honored with a memorial exhibition at the Art Institute the following year. With her husband, she summered in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and after his death in 1920, she spent much more time at her studio there, becoming a part of the thriving artist colony in the fishing village.

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