Aug 18, 2022 - Sale 2613

Sale 2613 - Lot 16

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

MAUD HUNT SQUIRE (1873-1954)

Two watercolors.
Women Knitting in the Square. 235x200 mm; 9 1/4x8 inches * Woman in a Café. 225x164 mm; 8 7/8x6 1/2 inches. Both signed and inscribed "Paris" in pencil, lower right on the paper mounts. Both circa 1903-14.

Provenance: Zabriskie Gallery, New York; private collection, New York.

Squire was born in Milfred, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati before completing her studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1894-98 where she studied with Frank Duveneck. She worked as a book illustrator and was also known for her color intaglio prints and pastels.

She had a lifelong relationship with Ethel Mars (1876-1959) who she met while a student at the Art Academy. They lived together in Paris and Provincetown, Massachusetts and were active in the art scenes. The couple were close with Gertrude Stein whose work Miss Furr and Miss Skeene (believed to be the first work to use the work "gay" to relate to homosexuality) is thought to be based on Mars and Squire's relationship.