Oil on board painting of pitcher, glass and apples on a white painted table, signed at lower right by the talented and underrated African-American artist ALICE GAFFORD (1886-1981). The work, on Masonite, (20" by 24", 24" by 28" framed) likely dates to the 1940's or 1950's. Gafford specialized in still life, and a number of her works have come to auction. With the increasing interest in art created by African-American artists, this particular work should attract the attention of collectors. The artist was born in Kansas, and according to the biography in the Hughes dictionary of California artists, she served as the first black nurse in Alaska, with the American Red Cross, in 1915. The year 1922 saw her in Los Angeles. In 1935 she began to paint, studying at Otis Art Institute. At the age of 65 she entered UCLA and went on to receive her art teaching credentials. Significantly, the prestigious early Los Angeles art gallery Stendahl Gallery exhibited her work, it winning a prize in 1937. There is some drying cracks/alligatoring of the paint in the red cloth area. Otherwise condition is very good; a light cleaning is advisable.
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