Oil on masonite painting of grapes, apples and pitcher/plate on a table top, 16" by 20" (20" by 24" in oak frame), signed at lower right and again on reverse in pencil by California artist Marion Ellison (1898-1997). Ellison was a Midwesterner who moved to Southern California, becoming involved there in the art scene. Her family has put a lot of effort into a family history, which is viewable online, and that unusually detailed history is the source of the following information: Marion was born in Illinois, married in 1921 and was in California by 1926. In 1960 she began to take up painting and became an active member of the Glendale Art Association. Portraits, still life and landscapes are known by her hand. She painted until the age of 90. It is fascinating how the net can nowadays add so much interest and meaning to a painting which, though an exceedingly minor footnote in the history of art, can be seen through the perspective of its origin and maker.
Fruit still life painting by California mid century artist