American, 1907 - 1961
Signed Marion Lukens lower right.
Marion Lukens was Russian born and emigrated with her family to the United States in 1913. She graduated from the Lewis Institute of Technology (Which became IIT) and had a career as a writer before turning to painting and sculpting. She taught at the Art Institute of Chicago for over 15 years and exhibited at the Art Institute from 1938-1951, winning numerous prizes. Lukens also exhibited at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. In a 1961 article, the Chicago Tribune referred to her as a ”renaissance woman”. In 1955, she had a solo show at the the Chicago Public Library. In 1961, she met her untimely death at the age of 54.