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Photo: Elizabeth Mann


ca. 1933

Margaret Gove Camfferman

American, 1881-1964

Camfferman, a member of the "Group of Twelve" in 1937, an unofficial art community that included her husband Peter Camfferman and Kenneth Callahan, described her approach: "My work is a form of expressionism. A continual search for means to express my reactions to the thing seen (not so much the subject itself, as the feeling it arises in me), which I try to express by means of whatever knowledge I can of color, form, and rhythmic composition. In portraiture as in landscape I try to get the essence of the character using planes in their plastic force.
Oil on board
25 x 29 3/8 in. (63.5 x 74.6 cm)
Public Works of Art Project, Washington State
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryPuyallup, Washington, Western Washington Fair Art Galleries, "Contemporary American Painting", 1941. (1941 - 1941)

Norman, Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, "Northwest Artists, 1946", (1946 - 1946)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle University, Kinsey Gallery, "Pioneer Women Artists: Seattle, 1880s-1940s", January 26 - March 31, 1993.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "The View From Here: The Pacific Northwest 1870-1940", July 1, 2004 - March 27, 2005

Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s, February 22 – October 18, 2020, (did not travel to Willamette, Oregon, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette College, November 21, 2020 – March 28, 2021)

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