But with no future commissions, the Greenwoods returned home. “Heart and soul, they belong to America, to the Twentieth Century,” expounded the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “Yet Mexico has been their godmother. She took them in when they were, practically, unknown; she will send them back, matured and crowned by success.” Soon after, they created oil-on-canvas murals for different sections of the Westfield housing project in Camden, New Jersey. After that, the sisters never worked together again.
Despite the fact that her Morelia mural was unidentified for years, it was Marion whose artistic legacy ultimately outshone that of her big sister, Grace. “[Marion] was just far more talented, far more bold, far sexier, far more interesting, probably more intellectual,” Oles said. “From what I can tell, nobody really remembered [Grace] too much in later years.”
Marion went on to become a World War II artist and war correspondent, and traveled and painted in China after the war; she made art for the rest of her life. But she would always remember her time in Mexico as an unparalleled moment of opportunity and creative freedom. Years later, she recalled, “I just never felt that way again.”