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Self Portrait of
Marguerite Munger,

Bare Shouldered Lady with Pearls, 1921-1922

Girl with Red Hair, 1922

Mrs. Charles H. Price, Sr., ca. 1947

Helen Nelson in Feathered Hat, ca. 1947

General George C. Marshall, 1956






















From the time she was a 10-year-old schoolgirl, Margot Munger dreamt of becoming an artist, and, in her mind, being an artist meant mastering the art of portraiture. She had an innate gift for capturing an accurate likeness, which is apparent even in her earliest work in this exhibition--a Self-Portrait at the easel.

After she was graduated from Barstow School in 1921, Margot Munger received her first formal art training with pastelist Clinton Peters (1865-after 1941/before 1947). Under Peters' tutelage, Margot Munger learned to work with oil pastels in a highly realistic, academic manner, which placed a model before a plain background (Girl with Red Hair). Although she experimented with other painting styles and materials throughout the course of her life, Margot Peet consistently made portraits in pastel--the medium in which she had first acquired a level of professional competence.

During the 1920s, Margot Peet took additional courses at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she adopted a much freer portrait manner by working loosely with oil on canvas. Following her studies with Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Institute from 1935 to 1940, Margot Peet's portrait style underwent a fairly dramatic stylistic shift. Her portraits of close friends from the 1940s (Helen Nelson and H. E. Hockaday) and Kansas City acquaintances (whom she sometimes painted on commission), have a stronger sense of three-dimensional space and a more candid depiction of personality.


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