Original painting on board, gouache/watercolor, titled “Magician’s House, Los Angeles, California” by the well listed artist Lois Cohen Green. This work measures 19 x 26 and is framed in a gold toned contemporary molding. Signed lower right corner. Title is written in pencil on the back of the frame. This work was part of a larger collection of works by the same artist from a local estate. Condition is very good. This is a very colorful picture of a funky Victorian mansion. I can’t find a specific reference to a “Magician’s House,” perhaps the artist was painting more of a haunted house or similar subject. A fun work by a highly regarded California artist known for her “California Style” watercolors.
Lois Cohen Green, (1919-present). Born in Chicago, IL on February 22, 1919. She studied at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, PA and with Samuel Rosenberg. She worked as a fashion illustrator in Pittsburgh before moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1938. She further studied there at the Chouinard School of Art and at UCLA while working as a motion picture illustrator and painting in her leisure. In 1945 she married Eugene Cohen and continued her art career. Beginning in 1973 she created the paintings for projection at Griffith Observatory. Upon retirement in 1986, she moved to Paradise, CA where she is currently living. Primarily a watercolorist, her work also includes oils and prints. Her subject matter includes figures, landscapes, animals, and urban scenes. In 1999 she was included in an exhibition called "This Side of Eden: Images of Steinbeck's California" by the Steinbeck Center.
Edan Milton Hughes, Artist in California, 1786-1940, vol. II Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Falk, Peter Hastings (editor),Sound View Press, 1999