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Marion Greenwood


Marion Kathryn Greenwood (April 6, 1909 – August 20, 1970) was an American social realist artist who became popular starting in the 1920s and became renowned in both the United States and Mexico. She is most well known for her murals, but she also practiced easel painting, printmaking, and frescoes.

She traveled to Mexico, Hong Kong, Burma, and India, depicting peoples of different cultures and ethnicities and paying special attention to oppressed people in underdeveloped locations, which has at times resulted in critical reception in the modern-era due to issues of ethnic and racial stereotypes.

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After attending school in Paris, Greenwood moved to New York in 1930 and began her career as an illustrator. The following year she traveled to the Southwest where she painted Navajo Indians. She then travelled to Mexico where she painted her first mural, which consequently earned her several commissions. Working with her sister Grace Greenwood, she completed a group mural for Diego Rivera in Mexico City. In 1936, she returned to the United States and continued painting murals for the WPA. In 1944 she was appointed as a war correspondent and produced a series of paintings for the Army Medical Corps. After the war she practiced mainly easel painting and lithography, while travelling extensively in China, the West Indies, Africa, and India.


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