Katherine Nash Rhoades (1885-1965)
Where: West Cornwall
When: circa 1910
Rhoades was born in New York in 1885. She studied at the Robert Henri and the Veltin School for Girls in New York. She also later studied with Isabelle Dwight Sprague-Smith and Malvina Hoffman.
In 1908 Rhoades traveled to Europe with fellow artist Marion H. Becket. Upon their return Becket and Rhoades had a joint exhibition at Alfred Stieglitz's 291 Gallery. If Rhoades had not already been a member of Stieglitz's artists’ circle before her trip, she became one afterward. Rhoades went on to be a contributor to Stieglitz’s art magazines Camera Work and 291. As part of Stieglitz’s circle of artists, Rhoades was known as one of the Three Graces and served as a model for photographs, paintings, and caricatures done by other members of the group.
Rhoades then became involved in the creation of the Freer Art Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. around 1915. As far as it is known, Rhoades’ next, and last, project was the creation of the Ball DuPont Library at the University of the South in Tennessee. It was during the creation of the Ball DuPont Library that Rhoades became devoutly Christian. After that experience, she was rumored to have burned all of her paintings, and given up painting altogether.
Image courtesy of flikr, Katherine Rhoades at 291 in New York, 1915