Thelma M. Burrows “Rain-Washed Ore in Sunlight” 1930 SOLD P633

Very much of the zeitgeist, sharing the subject matter of the precisionists Charles Sheeler and Morton Schamberg, but treating it in a more organic and hot blooded, one might call it arterial, style of her own, with something of Ben Shahn’s line and Stuart Davis’ color, this painting, dated 1930, by the little known Thelma Burrows, displays a mastery of technique, a personality and gutsy individuality that demand further investigation of her life and work. We are reminded of Georgia O’Keefe’s early brilliant skyscraper paintings. ¬†And the title tells you everything about this artist’s ability to seize a moment: the moment after a rain when sun breaks through UNDER the clouds, the fact that iron ore when wet IS red. We think it’s a terrific work.