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Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel (1876-1954)
Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a family that encouraged her artistic pursuits. Her grandfather was a member of the Royal Academy of London. Wachtel studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she would also eventually teach. Marion earned great respect in Chicago and Milwaukee as a child portraitist, and when one of her works caught the eye of a Santa Fe Railway executive, she was invited to trade paintings for passage to California.
In California, Wachtel studied with William Keith, and her eventual husband, Elmer. For 25 years she and her husband traveled and sketched the western states of America. Primarily a watercolorist, Marion began to paint in oils after a several year hiatus from art following her husbandís unexpected death in 1929. Marion Wachtel died in her Pasadena home in 1954.
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