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M. Linn Bruce III

1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Gallery
M. Linn Bruce III Obituary
M. Linn Bruce III, Putney Artist.

Linn Bruce passed away on October 8, 2017 in hospice care in Springfield MA.

He was born in 1931 in Delhi NY to Florence Herring Bruce, of Richmond, VA, and M. Linn Bruce lI also of Delhi NY.

Introduced to art at Kent School in Connecticut, in 1955 he was the first student to graduate with an art degree from Marlboro College. He received a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Goddard College in 1973.

He was a painter of abstract works and landscapes, drawing artistic technique from his teachers Winn Tuttle of Marlboro and Fernando Gerassi of Putney.

Of his work, Linn wrote in 2002: "I consider my paintings poetic, musical metaphors in paint. Nature is the source. There is also a surreal quality that slowly manifests itself by chance. This usually appears spontaneous in the beginning. I'm trying to rework much less, if at all, to preserve the freshness of the beginning."

Throughout his life, he painted at his home studio in Putney, with interludes in Spain, Mexico and New Mexico. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast, Chicago, New Mexico, and Mexico City.

Between 1958 and 1986 Linn taught art at the Putney School and also led afternoon activities in recreational skiing and firewood cutting. He briefly taught art part-time at Marlboro College in 1961.

Linn is survived by his wife Emilia Garcia Bruce of Townsend, VT; a sister, Barbara Wicks, of Westport, MA; daughters Ana Pilar Bruce, of Putney and Maria Florence Bruce, of Brattleboro; and son David Garcia Bruce and granddaughter Susanna Pilar Bruce, both of Oxford, MD.

The family wishes deepest thanks to Linn's at-home caregivers who engaged him and enriched his last years' of life. In lieu of flowers or gifts his survivors suggest donations to any organization supporting families of limited means in caring for elderly loved ones.

Linn's legacy is a love of nature and the outdoors, for in addition to providing artistic inspiration, he drew much enjoyment from hiking, skiing, swimming, camping and canoeing. During his last years the finest moments were spent trudging the back roads near his home in Putney.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 19, 2017
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