Marie Goth (1887-1975)
Mr. Walter C. Holmes (1956)
Oil on Canvas
30 x 36 inches
Signed lower right
Exhibited at the Indiana Artists Club’s 1956 Annual Exhibition.
This painting was featured in our weekly email on 3/18/2016 with the following gallery comments:
Marie Goth grew up in Indianapolis and studied Manual High School under Otto Stark and attended classes at Herron in Indianapolis. She went on to the Art Students League in New York where she worked under Frank DuMond for a decade. It was in New York that she met V. J. Cariani who was also at the Art Students League and that led to a lifetime relationship. Marie returned to Indianapolis in 1919. Her return to Indianapolis didn’t have her here long — with her sister Genevieve’s assistance, the two got Marie a cabin in Nashville in 1922. And Cariani relocated to an adjacent property shortly thereafter. Though they never married, that began what would be a forty-plus year period of togetherness. While Goth did paint some landscapes, her legacy is indelibly associated with portraiture, an avocation of which she had masterful skills. She painted T. C. Steele, sitting Hoosier Governors, James Whitcomb Riley among many other notable figures at the time. In addition she painted a series of eighteen portraits of Brown County artists of her day, which still resides at the Brown County Art Guild. Today’s painting, Mrs. Walter C. Holmes was executed in 1955-1956 and was shown in the 1956 Indiana Artists Club Annual Exhibition. This painting came to us with a few slight paint losses and those were remedied and the painting was cleaned in the course of conservation. The frame is unrestored and almost surely the work of Marie’s frame-making partner, V. J. Cariani. A unique piece showcasing the work of Indiana’s premier portraitist.
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