This is a really nice work showing what appears to be figures relaxing in a row on deck chairs, possibly as on a cruise ship, as they are covered with similar plaid blankets. The work is by a sure and trained hand, and it is signed at lower right by the noted Austrian-born artist who became established in Seattle in 1950, LISEL SALZER (1906-2005). Salzer was born into privilege in Vienna, and by her early 20's was studying fine art in Paris. From the mid 1920's through the late 1930's, she became an active member of the Zinkenbach art colony near Salzburg on the shores of a lake. Fellow members of the colony included Ferdinand Kitt and Josef Dobrowsky. Salzer was invited to exhibit at a prestigious gallery that represented the likes of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. However the increasingly hostile atmosphere for those of Jewish ancestry prompted her to move to New York, and then by 1950, to Seattle, where she became a well respected name. The Frye Art Museum held several exhibitions of her work in the 1970's and 1980's, and today holds works in the permanent collection. Salzer died in 2005 just months short of her 100th birthday. An early work from 1926 sold for several thousand dollars at auction in Vienna, but generally her work seems to be scarce and there are few auction records. On the tattered framing paper on the back is a circa 1950's or 1960's framer or gallery label from Orr's Gallery, an old-time San Diego art gallery known for handling fine items. Whether this might have been sold there or merely framed there is difficult to tell. The painting is on board and measures 17 1/2" by 23 1/2" inside the old liner, and 26" by 31 1/2" as framed. The liner is spotted with old moisture foxing so should be replaced. The frame is of an older mid century style. It could be retained or replaced according to taste. The painting itself is in excellent condition.
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