A vintage still life circa 1940 oil painting of pink roses in a tall blue vase set on a reflective table top, 28 1/2" by 28 1/2", 37" by 37" in what is likely the original frame, signed at lower right in red by listed Southern California artist BERTHA TOWNSEND COLER (1865-1948). Additionally, on the stretcher, the work is titled in pencil "Garden Glamour" and, nearby, the artist's Holly Drive, Los Angeles address and original price of $100 is written. A typed label gives title "Talisman Roses", artist's name and $200 original price (interesting price discrepancy; and label has detached from stretcher, will be included in envelope). Coler was born in Ohio and studied with Robert Henri and William Merritt Chase in New York City. By 1928 she had moved to Santa Monica, California and for the next two decades was a prolific painter in watercolor and oil, concentrating on portraits and still life, with some landscapes in the mix. Coler was a member of Women Painters of the West; she exhibited at the Santa Monica library in 1933, at the Santa Monica Art League in 1934, and at the prestigious Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco in 1939. Recently, a large group of her oils and watercolors were offered in a sale at the Pacific Palisades home of her descendants, and I was fortunate to have acquired a number of these works, which I will be offering in my shop. This example is in as-found condition, with grime and soiling, dull surface/no varnish and a small punctured area at top. A restorer evaluated the painting and tried a test cleaning. I will leave this restoration work to the final owner. The frame is attractive with the painting but needs some attention as well.
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