A wonderful still life painting. A simple table arrangement of a clown figurine standing alongside a vase of flowers. The clown is attired in shaded pastel blue clown suit with ruffled white collar, large black shoes, reddish orange cone-shaped hat and the usual white face paint. He is playing a small squeeze box instrument. The plain round vase displays an arrangement of delicate flowers in shades of purple, pink and white. The painting in on a Fav-O-Rite canvas sketching panel measuring 10" in width and 12" in length. On the back is the following pencil inscription by the artist, "Lily Mark - 1938-39", This was Lily's maiden name before she married Carl Topol.
The artist, Lily (Mark) Topol, was a well know sculptor and artist from the Freeport, Illinois, area. One of her many accomplishments is the life-size bronze sculpture "Lincoln and Douglas in Debate" which was completed in 1992 and is located in Debate Square, site of the 1858 debate in Freeport, Illinois, between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A Douglas. Lily passed away on January 30, 2015 in Stockton, Illinois. The painting found in her studio is in very good condition; some minor wear along the edges. A piece from early in her lifelong art career.
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