Richmond Really Captures the Details of the Mexican caballero Dress and posture of the Period with this amazing Illustration. 10.5 x 15 Circa 1934
Rare is an Understatement. Condition is amazing. No chips, cracks or repairs. Minor Crazing to the surface only visible at close range. Thick Heavy glaze says this is early!! 1929!!? But it doesn’t matter.. Be the only one on your block to have one or for that matter the whole County or in some cases the entire state!!
Carl Van Vechten’s gifted niece almost never sold her work, so it is a rare occasion when one is offered one of her paintings, and we jumped at the chance. The unknown sitter is arresting in his own right, extremely handsome and self-contained, somewhat preoccupied, which only increases his attractiveness. It’s a terrific portrait and a perfect evocation of a vanished class and period.
Canvas 17″ w x 22″ h, framed 22″ x 27″.
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Duane Van Vechten, Patroness & Painter
Duane Van Vechten was born in Chicago in 1899 and was the foster daughter of the prominent banker Ralph Van Vechten, and niece to Carl Van Vechten, a writer, artist and noted music and drama critic for the New York Times. Duane studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League in New York City, and under Emil Bisttram while in Taos. Duane would travel to Taos for the summers during the mid 1920’s with her mother, in which time the two of them would work building a studio. After three years of labor they completed the project in 1929.
In 1935 she met Edwin C. Lineberry and soon the two were married. They lived in the studio until the main house was built in 1938. Together they built and operated the first grocery store in Taos and also the Kachina Lodge which bordered their estate. Duane created unique Southwestern designs for the lodge as well as the wooden totem pole in the center of the circular Kiva Coffee shop, which is meant to represent “Bird, Beast, Man and Infinity.”
While residing in Taos she would paint still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and her favorite subject butterflies. This would lead to naming their estate El Rancho de la Mariposa (Butterfly Ranch). Duane was a versatile artisan working in a variety of media, from oil and watercolor paintings to pastel and carbon pencil drawings. She rarely exhibited her paintings and never intended to sell them. In fact she would label the back of her canvases “Not for Sale.” She painted for the pure joy of painting, not for fame or money.
Perhaps the only one to be sold, titled China Cat, was exhibited and won honors at the Chicago Art Institute in 1929. It was purchased by Frederick Upham, chairman of the National Democratic Party, with the understanding that if ever re-sold her husband Ed would be the first to buy it back, which he did.
After Duane’s death in 1977, Ed found himself with all her paintings as well as many others they had acquired over the years. These paintings were given or purchased from friends, many who were some of the first artists in Taos, now known as the Taos Society of Artists. Ed wished that others could appreciate the collection, and upon remarrying, he and his second wife Novella would establish a museum in memory his first wife, Duane, and the Taos Founders, so they could “receive the tribute the deserve.” In 1994 the Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museum was created to promote and honor Taos’ finest artists.
Sources used: Southwest Art Magazine- October 1995
Taos – landmarks and legends, Bill Hemp 1996
Image is a self portrait by Duane Van Vachten, from the Taos Art Museum collection
We wonder what it is. We love it. It reads Mexican. Or Arabic. It feels… like maybe it’s a movie prop. Very lightweight. Wonderfully beat up. Lined in an entrancing and rather wild orange and blue trefoil-design cloth, almost psychedelic. Which students of the Victorian era know doesn’t rule it out as 19th century. The studs are store bought, machine made. Mystery. We won’t get to the bottom of this.
Which makes it great for storage.
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31″ wide x 24″ high x 21″deep.
Signed but we haven’t yet been able to decipher the name.. Yet it’s a stunning seaside-scape with cliff and flowers and the island beyond. Most likely from one of our local shores, looking toward Catalina or one of the Channel Islands. Oil on board. 21″w x 23″d with frame, image 18″w x 20″d.
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Earlier Ejnar Hansen, beautiful landscape, farm and clouds. So evocative of a world that no longer exists – except in this great frame. Frame, 28″w x 25″h, Image 22″w x 18″h.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on Jan. 9, 1884, Hansen attended the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. He arrived in the U.S. in 1914 and lived in Michigan and Wheaton, IL before settling in Pasadena in 1924. He taught at Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes, Pomona College, John Muir College, and the Pasadena School of Fine Arts. Hansen died in Pasadena on Sept. 26, 1965.
His oeuvre includes still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and figure compositions in oil and watercolor. His works won many awards in southern California exhibitions from 1927.
Member: LA AA; Pasadena Society of Artists.
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