Theme/Style Modernism, landscapes, portraits
Media Oils, murals, watercolors, gouache, mosaic murals, etchings
Artistic Focus The most reserved and sensitive of the three Bruton sisters, Margaret Bruton's work demonstrates a clean, solid approach, yet one that is expressive as well. She used colors and tones confidently, creating paintings that were evocative and yet free of sentimentality; and her works exhibited an arrangement of planes, lines and colors that seemed to occur naturally. Although a Modernist, Margaret found a stylistic middle ground between traditional and modern treatment of subject matter, creating works that were both critically and popularly acclaimed.
• Margaret Bruton’s talent as an artist was noticed
early in her life, when she received a prize for her work at age 12. She
began formal art studies at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art (later
the San Francisco Art Institute) in 1913, where she studied with Frank
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