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Polly Thayer Starr

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(1904 – 2006)

Polly Thayer Starr was an American artist known for her paintings, drawings, and pastel works. Starr originally gained traction in the art world for her portrayals of the human figure in her portraits– influenced by the Boston School teachings, but she would switch preference to a more Modernist style after leaving academia. She would hone on nature’s essences in her later works, moving away from the human figure. Starr won the National Academy’s First Hallgarten Prize in 1929 for a nude she had painted– titled “Circles.” Starr had her first solo show at Dolls & Richards in Boston in 1930, and was widely acclaimed and earned her many commissions. She had exhibitions at a variety of highly regarded spaces, including the Vose Galleries, Sessler Gallery, Contemporary Arts, and Pietrantonio Galleries, the Guild of Boston Artists, Grace Horne Galleries, Child’s Gallery, The Copley Society, the St. Botolph Club, and the Boston Public Library.

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