Gouache on paper, 19" by 12" (29" by 22" as nicely framed in complementary silver and gray), the subject "Iceland Poppies" written in pencil at lower left in addition to the artist's signature and what looks to be "61" as the date of execution--it's very small and hard to read. This is a rather typical example of the work of the noted California artist, JOAN IRVING (BRANDT) 1916-1995. It is very impressionistic and spontaneous and sure in execution, and in very fresh, excellent condition. The Hughes dictionary biography: "Painter, sculptor, muralist. Born in Riverside, CA on March 12, 1916. Irving began painting while a pupil at the Katharine Branson School in Ross, CA. Upon graduation, she attended Riverside College and studied at the Los Angeles Art Center School under Edward Kaminski and Barse Miller. The wife of artist Rex Brandt, she began teaching at his summer school in 1948 and in 1973 became co-director. Her teaching experience also included Orange Coast College, Coronado School of Fine Arts, and Chouinard Art School. She served as chairman of the Newport Beach Arts Commission Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1960. Much of her subject matter was derived from the area around her home in Corona del Mar where she lived from 1946 until her demise on Nov. 28, 1995. Member: Calif. WC Society; American WC Society; Laguna Beach AA. Exh: Laguna Beach AA, 1936-52; NatI Orange Show, 1951 (award); Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, 1951 (award); Calif. WC Society, 1951 (award); SFMA, 1952 (award). In: MM; Newport (CA) High School. Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940" Interview with artist or his/her family; Women Artists in America (Collins & Opitz); Who's Who in American Art". See the net for more examples of Irving's works. Allow for a few reflections in the glass.
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