"Mischief" is a mixed media work on brown paper of two Siamese cats playing with a tortoise by American artists Agnes Tait (American, 1891-1981). The work is dated August 10, 1939 and inscribed "For Fay from Agnes" in the lower right. The work is very well-done, and is likely a mix of pencil, gouache and pastel. There is a small tear above the back of the cat on the left, but otherwise the work is in fine condition. The work is framed with a thin black frame and cream colored mat. The frame/mat are in good condition. The piece is 8" x 13 1/2" and the framed size is 13 1/2" x 19".
Born in Greenwich Village in New York City, Agnes Tait was a painter of landscapes, figures, portraits and decorative panels, as well as a print maker and children's book illustrator. She studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City with Charles Hinton, Francis Jones, and Leon Kroll. She eventually settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. Tait was an active WPA (Federal Arts Project) artist in the 1930s, and in this capacity, painted several murals. She was a member of the National Association of Women, and exhibited her works there, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1915 and 1936, the Pennsylvania Academy and the National Academy of Design. She also exhibited at the New York World's Fair in 1939.
Tait was known for her renditions of animals, and "Mischief, August 10, 1939" showcases her love and understanding of the small felines, incorporating their playful nature into her work. (Listed in Davenport's, Who was Who in American Art and on askart.)
Item ID: RL-WBG-115
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