"Through her skillful compositional arrangement and clever use of color, Marion Huse conveys the dynamism found among a gathering of vendors in her Quebec Marketplace. The action of the scene, the knot of merchants peddling their stock, is compacted in one place and one’s eyes continue to be drawn there by the strong verticals of the surrounding buildings and telephone poles. Yet her palette, an engaging blend of earth tones punctuated by strong reds, blues, and greens, is a unifying element, with variations of these tones evident throughout the scene. I love how viewing this painting, one can almost hear the din of the crowd and feel the energy of the urban setting. Admirably, Huse seemed to be the epitome of energy herself, balancing a successful painting career with teaching, traveling, and in the 1930s becoming deeply involved with the WPA’s Federal Arts Project, later serving as supervisor for the Springfield, Massachusetts, region."
-Courtney Kopplin, Gallery Manager
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Quebec Market Place, done in 1932 while visiting the city with her student and friend Barbara Sleigh, captures the vitality of the urban market, and was exhibited at the Springfield Art School’s annual exhibition later that year.
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
Eventually to collection, Hampden, Massachusetts, 2011
Brockton Art Museum exhibition catalogue from above, number 17, illustrated page 39
Marion Huse: An Artist’s Evolution, Brockton Art Museum / Fuller Memorial, Brockton, Massachusetts, June 2 – August 25, 1985