Alice Acheson

Alice Stanley Acheson (August 12, 1895 – January 20, 1996) was an American painter and printmaker.

Born in Charlevoix, Michigan, she was the daughter of performer Jane C. Stanley and granddaughter of John Mix Stanley; her dad Louis was a railroad lawyer. She grew stirring in Detroit. She majored in art at Wellesley College, where accompanied by her classmates was the sister of Dean Acheson, who introduced the couple; the two married in May 1917, the same month she graduated from college. She continued her artistic studies both in the past and after touching to Washington, D.C. with her husband, taking lessons at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Corcoran School of Art, and the learned at the Phillips Collection. From 1919, she was swift as an player in Washington, eventually joining and exhibiting gone the Society of Washington Artists, from which she customary an honorable mention in 1940. She was with an active zealot of the Washington Water Color Club, the Artists Guild of Washington, and the National Association of Women Artists. For the duration of World War II, she deserted painting to pursue agriculture in preserve of the combat effort, also teaching painting and drawing to hurt servicemen at the Forest Glen annex of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She took it going on again bearing in mind her husband was appointed United States Secretary of State, but she refused to exhibit until he returned to private life, feeling she would be using his fame to additional her own career. During the war, she worked as soon as the Woman's Land Army of America and was the chair of its Women's Advisory Committee.

Acheson was described as a fashionable girl who, though she took scant captivation in foreign affairs, was devoted to her husband and would defend him adjoining any ill feeling. The couple were the parents of three children, all of whom survived her, as did six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was as a consequence noted for her passion for Scrabble and for her independent spirit, at 85 telling off a teenage mugger who attempted to rob her. Acheson died at her house in Washington, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery contiguously her husband.

Acheson worked in pastels, watercolor, and oils during her career, progressing from a representational style to something on abstraction. Four of her works are in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, part of the original bequest by Joseph Hirshhorn; they count a still-life in oil, dated back 1956; an undated landscape in oil; a 1975 watercolor view of Phnom Penh; and a 1970 collage titled The City. Two undated watercolors are owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Other pieces are owned by the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Her accomplishment was formerly in the store of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and may be found as capably at American University and in the Barnett-Aden Collection. Several of her linoleum clip prints were used to illustrate New Roads in Old Virginia by Agnes Rothberg in 1937. A vertical file pertaining to Acheson's perform is at the library of the Phillips Collection; other papers may be found taking into consideration her husband's private documents at the Yale University Library. She is furthermore featured in some materials held among her husband's approved papers at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Paintings and new biographical details can be found upon the website of Simonis & Buunk

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