We at Horsefeathers and Gunsmoke are pleased to offer this original hand colored lithograph. It measures approx. 21 x 18 and is in excellent condition, signed on the bottom titled fruit tree salesman.
Mauzey began studying etching with North Texas printmaker Frank Klepper and life drawing with Dallas Morning News cartoonist John Knott at Dallas Public Evening School at Dallas High School in 1933. A close associate of the Dallas Nine group of Texas Regionalist artists, Mauzey was a charter member of the experimental Lone Star Printmakers group, which formed in 1938. He bought a lithographic press to print his own work and that of his colleagues, leaving his position at the cotton exporting firm to teach lithography and devote more time to his artwork.
Mauzey soon emerged as the “outstanding talent” among the Lone Star Printmakers. The group, whose ranks included notable Texas artists Alexandre Hogue, Otis Dozier, and Dallas Museum of Fine Arts director Jerry Bywaters, showed their work in exhibitions that toured throughout Texas and sold limited edition prints for $5 to $8 each. The Lone Star Printmakers also sold work through noted art historian Carl Zigrosser’s Weyhe Gallery in New York. In 1942, Mauzey was profiled in Zigrosser’s book, The Artist in America: Twenty-four Close-Ups of Contemporary Printmaking. By then a curator at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Zigrosser described Mauzey as "a kind of Rousseau among lithographers" and his work as the “translation of cotton into art” 
From 1943 to 1962, Mauzey worked full-time at Firestone Rubber Company and devoted his free time to his art. Suffering from exhaustion and a bleeding ulcer, Mauzey was frequently ill and required hospitalization on numerous occasions. Though Regionalism’s popularity waned after World War II, Mauzey continued to produce prints and focused his efforts on creating children’s books illustrated with his lithography. Between 1955 and 1964, he wrote and illustrated six popular children’s books about farming and rural life.
Awards and Exhibitions
Mauzey had two paintings, Cotton Gin and Cotton Compress, selected for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition art exhibition in Dallas; in 1939 alone, his work was also shown at the New York World's Fair, New York Cotton Exchange, Dallas Cotton Exchange, Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, and a solo exhibition at Delphic Studios in New York. In 1942, his work was shown in the Artists for Victory exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1944. In 1946, Mauzey was the first Texan to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts and spent two months as an artist-in-residence at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center studying under printmaker Lawrence Barrett. In 1948, he won the K.F.J. Knoblock Award from the Society of American Graphic Artists.
Vintage hand colored lithograph by artist Merritt Mauzey.
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