Oil on canvas painting of a curious and almost whimsical still life scene, 20" by 23" plus thin framing, signed at lower left "Valetta", and dated 1962. This is a work of the English-born woman artist VALETTA SWANN (1904-1973). Swann came to be known for her depictions of the rural and indigenous life in Mexico and the Southwest United States. She began her art career in Europe, then came to the US with her Polish-born second husband, Bronislaw Malinowski, an anthropologist whose work took him to Mexico. After his death in 1942, Swann moved permanently to Mexico City, where a very successful exhibition of her works took place at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in 1945. In all she had some 50 exhibitions of her work in Mexico, the US, and Europe. The likes of Diego Rivera and Dr. Atl, famous Mexican painters, took notice of and commented on her work. Swann's paintings have been sold at numerous auctions in Mexico and the United States. This example bears an original label on the reverse from Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes/Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno. The painting is in excellent condition. It is a most interesting work of Latin American modern art.
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