Camfferman, along with her husband, Peter Camfferman (1890-1957)
the earliest Modernist painters in the Northwest. Born in Rochester,
Minnesota, Camfferman studied at the Minneapolis School of
Fine Arts (where she met her husband), the New York School
of Applied Arts & Design and with Robert Henri in NY and with
Andre Lhote in Paris.
1914 she married and in 1915 they moved to Langley, Whidbey
Island in Washington State. Margaret was an active
exhibitor with the Northwest Annuals since the early 1920’s
and for many years at the Seattle Art Museum after it opened
in 1933. Camfferman ‘s work was in the manner of her master,
Henri and followed in the manner of the Post-Impressionists.
After studying with Lhote in Paris in 1932, her work took on
of Cubism and became more experimental.
Langley, she and Peter built their home and included additional
cabins for visiting artists and instructors. Their home was
called “Brachenwood” and they offered classes.
During 1925-26, the Camfferman’s lived in New York City
but returned to live permanently in Langley.
became part of Seattle’s Group
of Twelve and were very highly regarded within the regional
many women of her era, Margaret chose to focus attention on
her husband’s career as a painter
and was dedicated to his work even though she was 9 years his
senior and had
more talent and experience in their early years together.
worked with the Public Works of Art Project during the Depression
as an easel painter and had a solo
Seattle Art Museum in 1935. Besides local exhibitons,
Margaret exhibited in San Francisco at the 1939 Golden
Exhibiton, the San Francisco Art Museum and the
Palace of the Legion of Honor. She also exhibited with the
exhibitions from the 1920’s through 1956.
Oil on Board
Painting, c 1935
Oil on Board