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Enrolled at Teachers College Columbia University


Like many of the momentous choices Martin would make, her decision to leave Washington State for New York City in 1941 has the shape of myth, at once dramatic and blunt.

—Nancy Princenthal on the book Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

So in the fall of 1941, a few months before Pearl Harbor, she started classes at Columbia University Teachers College. She had also found a new vocation. "I saw all the paintings in all the museums. Then I thought, If you could possibly be a painter and earn a living—which you can't," she adds, laughing—"then I would like to be a painter. That's when I started painting."

—Benita Eisler, on her 1993 New Yorker profile of Agnes Martin

Life Lines, by Benita Eisler



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Published in 18/03/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

All events in the topic Life:

01/01/1919Moved to VancouverMoved to Vancouver
10/06/1937Teaching Certificate
01/06/1914Father's death
01/09/194201/01/1946Multiple jobsMultiple jobs
01/01/1946Moved to New Mexico
01/01/1951Return to New York
01/01/195401/01/1957Return to New MexicoReturn to New Mexico