An historically interesting and significant oil painting of an early street scene in Los Angeles' small, historical Chinatown, circa 1930's, 30" by 38", unframed, signed at lower left by listed Southern California artist BERTHA TOWNSEND COLER (1865-1948). 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. Most were still life paintings but two were of Los Angeles' Chinatown (see the other in my shop) . A restorer will need to clean the painting, repair two small punctures, and tighten it on the stretchers. The circa 1930's/early 1940's painting is a record of a time and a place that has disappeared. Note the tiny figures going about their business, (including horse-drawn cart), the clothes hanging out to dry, and the old architecture. The Chinatowns of San Francisco and Los Angeles provided rich subject matter for artists in the first half of the century.
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