Oil on canvas painting of a tabletop with flowers in vase and assorted decorative objects, 20" by 24" (26" by 20 1/2" framed), signed at lower left by artist HAZEL PETRA FETTERLEY BOEHME (1900-1941). On the reverse of the canvas the artist has written the title "Mid-Victorian", the date (May 1932), her name, Los Angeles, Cal., and original price of $75 or possibly $175 (appears she went over the numbers----maybe in difficult Depression times she had second thoughts on pricing). This is a fine decorative work by a skilled hand. The artist was born in Minneapolis. According to the listing in the Hughes dictionary of California artists, she was artistically active in California in 1930's Los Angeles, studying with Millard Sheets and Frank Zimmerer. Boehme was a member of the California Watercolor Society, California Art Club, and Women Painters of the West. Sadly, she passed away at the early age of 41, leaving behind her this beautiful work, as well as landscapes of the Southern California scenery. Research shows that this exact painting was sold at John Moran auction on March 15, 1994, lot 62, having come from a San Clemente estate. Condition is generally very good. A light cleaning would be desirable but would not be mandatory. The modern day frame has some loss at bottom center edge. A California style gold frame in this easy-to-find size would really add some style.
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