This is a monotype (generally considered an original work, the artist creating the art on a glass or metal surface which is then pressed against paper to create the final image---usually only one impression is made, so while some consider this a print, others might feel it is unique work). The artist, Pat Berger of Los Angeles (signed in pencil in margin and label on reverse) has been an active member of the art community in Southern California for many years. Born in New York City in 1929, according to her most interesting website, she was in Los Angeles with her family by age ten. Having met artist Burr Singer somewhat by chance, Berger attended the Art Center School of Design, and took art lessons with William Earl Singer. Her first solo exhibition took place in Venice, California in 1959. For years thereafter she continued to study art at UCLA, perfecting her skills in painting, drawing and printmaking. Eventually she went on to teaching art herself, and became a very active participant in gallery and museum shows in Southern California, Arizona and the Northeast. In this monotype, the artist has created a complex, difficult to execute work of art that reflects a lifetime of acquired skills. Water lilies have been popular subject matter for centuries, Claude Monet and John LaFarge, among many others, employed them in their works. The sheet measures 16 1/2" by 14 1/4" (21" by 18 1/2" framed). Photos were taken with the protective plexiglas still in place; that is scratched and will need to be replaced, but it has done a good job of keeping the art itself in pristine condition.
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