By the hand of well listed California artist ARNOLD BRAY (1892-1972), a small unframed oil on canvasboard (16" by 12") titled on reverse in pencil "Show Girl", signed and dated at lower right 1948. Bray was born in Odessa, Russia and came to San Francisco with his family at age 10. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts and later taught there. Bray assisted San Francisco artist Lucien Labaudt when the latter artist was commissioned by the WPA in 1936 to create a mural for the Willis Polk-designed 1925 building on San Francisco's "Great Highway", at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Labaudt's mural of San Franciscans going about their lives during the Great Depression remains today, a popular attraction in the historic building that now houses restaurants and a visitor center for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Labaudt painted Bray's likeness in the imagery. Bray painted landscapes, portraits and scenes of San Francisco.
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