By the California artist best known for her floral still life works, an oil on artist board featuring violets on a table top with a cup, 6 1/4" by 9" (10 1/2" by 13 1/4" in early 20th century wood frame), the work signed at lower left. The artist, EDITH WHITE (1855-1946) was born in Decorah, Iowa. She came across the plains to California in an ox-drawn wagon. The family landed in a Nevada City, CA mining camp near the frenetic gold fields. White graduated from Mills College in Oakland in 1874. She went on to study at the School of Design in San Francisco with Virgil Williams, and then went on to the Art Students League in New York City. By 1882 she had a studio in Los Angeles, and by 1892 was in Pasadena with a studio at the landmark Green Hotel. Another ten years on she had moved to Point Loma (San Diego), remaining there until about 1930, when she made a final move, to Berkeley, where she continued to paint. This little work is quite dirty; would clearly "pop" with just a standard cleaning. The frame has chipped corners but it works with the painting. White's paintings appear often at auctions of early California art.
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