IRENE MARGARET BOWEN ROBINSON (Listed California 1891-1973). Still Life with Flowers in Vase on a Draped Table, 13.5" x 11.5" sight size watercolor (framed size: 25" x 20-1/2") signed lower left. This lovely example of the artist's work was deaccessioned from USC (University of Southern California) Fisher Gallery. It was originally a gift of Drs. Shirley and George Berkey - labels on the back. CONDITION: Frame rubs and frame nicks.
Biography from askart Born in Washington state, Irene Robinson grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Pasadena, California. In 1915, she attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and later studied at the University of Chicago, the Broadmoor Art Academy with John Carlson in Colorado Springs, and in Los Angeles at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes. In the early 1920s, she taught art in Los Angeles and then married William Wilcox Robinson, a businessman and writer.
Living in Los Angeles with her family, she painted western subjects from wildflowers to land forms, historic structures, and animals. She also became an illustrator for many of her husband's books, mostly for children and about animals. Titles include "On the Farm", "Beasts of the Tar Pits", and "At the Zoo".
Source: "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick
Her exhibitions per Hughes: Calif. Art Club, 1924-36 (prizes); Calif. WC Society, 1926-51; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1926-38; San Diego FA Gallery, 1927; West Coast Arts, 1927; UCLA, 1927, 1931; Hollywood Women's Club, 1928; Zeitlin Bookshop (LA), 1930; Younger Painters Club (LA), 1930; Ebell Club (LA), 1932 (prize); LA County Fair, 1933; Oakland Art Gallery, 1933; Progressive Painters of So. Calif., 1934; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1943 (solo); Santa Barbara Museum, 1944; Glendale AA, 1945. In: Univ. of Minnesota; Pasadena Art Inst.
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