Museum Gallery Talks feature Texas artist

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The woman has porcelain skin and primrose pink lips. The long powder-blue dress that she is wearing has delicate ruffles that drape past her feet and out of view. Her eyes match the onlooker’s gaze, and seem to portray her vibrant personality and genuine demeanor.

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This woman is a portrait of the artist Marie Cronin (1876-1951). Cronin’s work was highlighted around noon Wednesday in the Afternoon Gallery Talks at the Meadows Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus.

Nicole Atzbachurator, a curator of the Meadows Museum, gave the gallery talk that highlighted specific paintings that have a connection to Texas.

Atzbach showed the audience a painting titled “Portrait of Joanna (Johanna) Troutman” that features Troutman sewing a flag.

The curator expounded more on the story behind the paint.

“She is the Betsy Ross of Texas, she designed some of the first flags for the Lone Star State” Atzbach said.

Another portrait by Cronin garnering attention features the last survivor of the battle that secured the state of Texas’ independence, the Battle of San Jacinto. The painting is of Captain Alfonso Steele (1817-1911) and is titled “Portrait of Alfonso Steele.”

The Exhibition at the Meadows Museum has nine paintings by Cronin that feature the influence of her art studies in Paris, as well as her appreciation of her Texas Heritage. Accompanying the Paris and Texas collection is information about her life and studies, and how the Museum restored these precious pieces of history.

The collection, “Between Paris And Texas: Marie Cronin, Portraitist of the Belle Epoque,” is available Feb. 14 through June 5 at the Meadows Museum.

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