Artist: Enid Foster (American, 1895-1979)
Title: "Night Club"
Medium: Monotype and ink on paper. (abstract monotype color splashes altered with china white and crowquill pen drawings in India ink,)
Size: 11 1/2 by 8 3/4 inches (29.2 by 22.4 cm) (sheet);Framed under acrylic 17 by 13.8 Inches
PROVENANCE: The New Gallery, New York; Private collection, New York.
PROPERTY FROM THE NEAL PRINCE HISTORIOGRAPHY TRUST
Condition: Overall slight paper discoloration, with some scattered spots of possible staining or soiling. Not examined outside of frame.
BIOGRAPHICAL BACKGROUND: Enid Foster (American, 1895-1979) Artist, Sculptor, Poet, Playwright, Creative Force, Ringleader, Cultural Icon. Enid Foster was born in San Francisco in 1895 because her maternal grandfather, who was a physician, lived there. She returned with her parents, Charles and Mina Foster and sister, Marie, across the bay to Sausalito, California where they lived in a home named The Hacienda. The family moved to Ross, California shortly after 1900 and Enid had a private-school, social-register upbringing in San Francisco and Marin County.
She was a pupil of Chester Beach, became recognized as a sculptor by 1917, and was included in the 1918 Annual Exhibit of the Architectural League of New York. She lived in San Francisco and did sculpture commissions until she moved to England in 1928. She became a pupil and studio assistant for Frank Dobson and also studied painting with Augustus John. She returned to America in 1938 and settled in Sausalito, where she lived until 1971.
By 1950, she was turning away from sculpture, and devoted the 1950s and the years after to painting and developing what she termed monotype pen drawings—abstract monotype color splashes altered with china white and crowquill pen drawings in India ink, creating representational but fantastic images. During those years, she was also involved in little theater and served as the central figure in a thriving Sausalito art colony that included figures such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jean Varda, Walter Kuhlman and Frank Lobdell. She continued working in Sausalito until she moved to Paris in 1971, intending to live and work there until her death. However, she suffered a stroke in 1975, and the French sent her home.
She spent her last years in convalescent homes in Mill Valley and Greenbrae in Marin County, but at the last was transferred to a hospital in St. Helena, California, where she died in 1979. (Written and submitted by Carol & Allan Hayes, who wrote: "We knew Enid personally and were her close friends, and are the authors of a book awaiting publication: Enid Foster: Artist, Sculptor, Poet, Playwright, Creative Force, Ringleader, Cultural Icon.)
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