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Matthias
Blanche Matthias at the Great Wall of China
1917
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The only child of a wealthy family, art critic and poet Blanche Coates Matthias was a “glamorous, sophisticated woman with journalistic ambitions,” one scholar has written.1 Matthias’s wealth enabled her to seriously practice and study art and literature without needing to make a career of her work. This is not to say that she was a dabbler or mere enthusiast; Matthias was well respected as a regular art critic for the Chicago Herald and Examiner and Chicago Evening Post and her poetry, essays, and criticism appeared often in local, national, and international magazines, including Prairie, Poetry, and transition.

1 Benita Eisler, O’Keeffe and Stieglitz, An American Romance, NY: Penguin, 1991, pp. 341-42.

 

 

 

 

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