Oil on canvas still life painting, 24" by 20" (28" by 24" as framed), signed at lower right by listed California artist HELEN DEDEAUX (1915-2007). The painting likely dates to about 1940, I would guess. Dedeaux was born near San Francisco, and moved to Los Angeles by the 1930's, obtaining her M.F. A. at USC. She studied with Robert Merrell Gage, Dan Lutz, and Paul Sample, later exhibiting at the Pomona Fair, California Watercolor Society, and other venues. According to a detailed obituary published by USC in 2007, Helen was the wife of legendary USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux. She was considered to be the "Team Mom" for many years, and was actively involved in the university and community affairs. This painting is in good condition and is an excellent example of still life painting at mid century. Note the modernist, almost cubistic touch in the stylized swirl of the cloth.
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