This is an unusual painting in that encaustic (wax) is incorporated into the creation of the imagery. The work, on panel (wood?), measures 19 1/2" by 23 1/2" (and attractive wood frame 3 3/4" on a side), features the classic head-on view of Saint Louis Cathedral, on Jackson Square, in the Vieux Carre (French Quarter) of New Orleans, Louisiana. Richerson used encaustic (wax) heavily in the creation of the painting, as was her style. Born in Texas in 1905, she came to the Kansas City area by about 1930 and became a prominent member of the art community there in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, as artist/exhibitor and teacher and promoter. She usually signed her paintings "Modesta". On the reverse of this work is an extensive description of the artist's history, techniques, and activities in Kansas City and Missouri. Note the close-ups showing how she used wax to create the imagery.
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