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Lee, Marjorie E. (Johnson)

American, 1911-1997
  • 1977
    Pastel on Paper
    20 x 14 in.
    Listing no. 2946
    NOW: $1,566.83
  • 1973
    Pastel on Paper
    17.75 x 11.75 in.
    Listing no. 2945
    NOW: $1,007.25
  • 1975
    Pastel on Paper
    12 x 15.75 in.
    Listing no. 2944
    NOW: $780.62
  • Pastel on Paper
    15 x 11 in.
    Listing no. 2943
    NOW: $728.58
  • c.1981
    Pastel on Paper
    11 x 14 in.
    Listing no. 2941
    NOW: $580.78
  • c.1981
    Pastel on Paper
    14 x 11 in.
    Listing no. 3118
    NOW: $1,600.00
  • Pastel on Paper
    9.5 x 14 in.
    Listing no. 3073
    NOW: $1,200.00
  • 1958
    Gouache on Paper
    9.75 x 14 in.
    Listing no. 2912
    NOW: $936.74
  • c. 1976
    Watercolor on Paper
    14.25 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 2908
    NOW: $810.19
  • 1981
    Watercolor on Paper
    14.25 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 2907
    NOW: $1,064.76
  • 1979
    Watercolor on Paper
    14.25 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 2906
    NOW: $1,161.56
  • 1945
    on Paper
    12 x 18 in.
    Listing no. 3122
    NOW: $2,200.00
  • 1942
    Watercolor on Paper
    11.75 x 17.75 in.
    Listing no. 3088
    NOW: $2,200.00
  • c. 1969
    Watercolor on Paper
    10 x 14 in.
    Listing no. 3108
    NOW: $1,200.00
  • on Paper
    19.5 x 27.5 in.
    Listing no. 3095
    NOW: $2,400.00
  • 1983
    on Paper
    25.5 x 19.5 in.
    Listing no. 1861
    NOW: $941.31
  • on Paper
    19 x 24 in.
    Listing no. 3045
    NOW: $2,046.00
  • 1983
    on Paper
    19 x 24 in.
    Listing no. 3074
    NOW: $2,400.00
  • on Paper
    16 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 3090
    NOW: $1,800.00
  • 1979
    on Paper
    20 x 14.25 in.
    Listing no. 3089
    NOW: $2,200.00
  • 1980
    on Paper
    20 x 14 in.
    Listing no. 3038
    NOW: $1,729.80
  • 1979
    on Paper
    20 x 14 in.
    Listing no. 3110
    NOW: $2,200.00
  • 1980
    on Paper
    14 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 3051
    NOW: $2,400.00
  • 1980
    on Paper
    14 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 3041
    NOW: $1,816.29
  • circa mid-80's
    Mixed-Media on Paper
    14 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 2888
    NOW: $1,077.44
  • 1968
    Oil on Canvas
    18 x 26 in.
    Listing no. 3003
    NOW: $3,493.75
  • 1978
    Oil on Canvas
    18 x 24.25 in.
    Listing no. 3087
    NOW: $5,000.00
  • 1971
    Oil on Canvas
    13 x 18 in.
    Listing no. 2928
    NOW: $1,423.23
  • 1971
    Oil on Canvas
    24.25 x 20 in.
    Listing no. 2920
    NOW: $1,946.47

About this Artist

On May 31, 1911, Marjorie E. Lee was born in Upland, Texas, a small town that no longer exists, in Upton County. Her father, a country doctor who worked for Humble Oil constantly moved his family to wherever in West Texas Humble oil workers needed his services. Marjorie’s parents divorced in 1924 and her grandmother moved the family to Fort Worth where they lived in rental housing until 1938. Marjorie graduated Paschal High School in 1925 and that next year, at age 15, started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. That same year, Marjorie started studying art with Fort Worth artist, Mrs. G.W. Greathouse.

In 1934, while still working with the phone company, Marjorie decided to attended Texas Christian University. After taking classes at TCU for two years, she dropped out when Balance McVeigh, a respected artist and printmaker who was a principal of the Fort Worth School of Fine Arts along with Evaline Sellors and Wade Jolly, was impressed enough with her artistic talent to invite her to enroll in their school. Under Jolly’s tutelage, she became a skilled landscape watercolorist. In the late 30’s and early 40’s she exhibited often with other prominent Fort Worth artists like Bror Utter and Veronica Helfensteller. As with many serious artists in the Dallas and Fort area during that time, she traveled to Colorado Springs to take classes at the Colorado Art Center.

In the latter part of 1942, to do her part, Marjorie joined the WAVES and was sent to Norman Oklahoma for training in radio communication and celestial navigation. In 1943, she was assigned to Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida for the next three years where she taught young airmen these skills and painted and drew whenever she had time off.

After WWII, she moved to New York City to attend the Art Students League in New York City under the GI bill. In 1947, to be sure she could stay in the city, she took a job with New York Telephone and continued to take classes at the League through 48.

She vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard in 1950 and chose to capture her impressions of the island in pastel. She returned in 52, and this time chose watercolor, possibly more suited to the Island atmosphere.

She continued the artistic life in NYC and in 1950, met and married an experimental film maker and educator named Francis Lee. Marjorie’s artwork documents their vacations and trips out of NYC over the next 14 years with works from Minnewaska, New Rochelle, Carmel, East Hampton, and Woodstock in NY, Colorado, Glacier Park in Montana, and New Jersey.

After working for the phone company in NYC for 27 years, in 1974, she moved back to Fort Worth introducing her husband to life in Texas. Although while living in New York, she continued to show in important Texas and regional shows, retirement provided the opportunity to focus on her art. She started exhibiting with the Evelyn Siegel Gallery in Fort Worth and entering competitive shows all over Texas. Nine years after their move, Marjorie and Francis divorced and he moved back to NYC.

Marjorie gave up entering competitive shows in 1984 and had her last one-person show was held at Evelyn Siegal Gallery in 1994. She died in a Fort Worth nursing home on February 1, 1997.

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Group and One-Person Exhibitions

1936 Artist Guild in Fort Worth
1937 Artist Guild in Fort Worth
1938 Fort Worth School of Fine Arts
1939 Annual Fort Worth Local show (The Local)
1940 Annual Fort Worth Local show (The Local)
1941 Annual Fort Worth Local show (The Local)
1942 Texas General Exhibition
1943 Annual Fort Worth Local show (The Local)
1944 Texas General Exhibition
1945 Texas General Exhibition
1946 Texas General Exhibition
1947 Annual Fort Worth Local show (The Local)
1948 Annual Fort Worth Local show (The Local)
1949 Annual Fort Worth Local show (The Local)
1949 One-person show in Fort Worth? (Dec.) Old Library in Fort Worth
1951 Texas Painting and Sculpture Annual Exhibition
1952 Texas State Fair
1957 Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth
1972 Walter Read Theaters New Gallery
1974 Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth
1977 TFAA Local Show
1978 TFAA Local Show
1978 Pastel Society of America (Oct.)
1978 Port Arthur?
1979 Committee for Arts Center
1979 TFAA Local Show
1979 5 State Biennial – Port Arthur
1980 TFAA Local Show
1980 Gallery One in Fort Worth
1981 TFAA Citation Show
1981 Community Arts Center
1981 Mule Alley Gallery
1982 TFAA Citation Show (won $150 award)
1984 C of A C???
1992 Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, UT Austin, "Prints of the Fort Worth Circle: 1940-1960
1993 Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, "Woman artist of Texas 1850-1950,"
1994 Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth
???? David Dike Gallery, Dallas